NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Niagara Falls is not frozen over, and chances are it won’t freeze over soon.
It continues to flow right through these harsh winter months, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t ice. In fact, there is a whole lot of ice. Because the water is still flowing, the mist continues to rise, freezing on the surrounding surfaces.
This has caused an impressive ice buildup on the surrounding walls, as well as mountains of ice nearly fifty feet thick. This makes for quite an amazing atmosphere for tourists to check out.STORY | See the winter wonder of Niagara Falls.
But will the Falls freeze over completely? There is simply too much water, and too much continuous movement for this to happen. There was one instance where the falls stopped flowing back in March of 1848, but this was actually due to a large ice jam upstream, even then the falls did not freeze over.
Today, there are still plenty of ice chunks that flow through the river and over the falls, but with the ice-boom in place, don’t expect any more ice jams in the near-future.