Niagara Falls looks frozen, but it's not

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Niagara Falls Looks Frozen, but It's Not
If you've heard Niagara Falls is frozen over, well, HLN reports it's an ice-covered lie.

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Niagara Falls looks frozen, but it's not
NIAGARA FALLS, NY - FEBRUARY 5: Ice and snow forms on the Niagara River in front of Niagara Falls on February 5, 2014 in Niagara Falls, New York. An additional foot of snow blanketed Western New York overnight in the latest winter storm system that has affected areas from Kansas to Maine.. (Photo by Guy Solimano/Getty Images)
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA - FEBRUARY 5: Ice forms on the Niagara River in front of the American Falls on the left and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on the right on February 5, 2014 in Niagara Falls, Canada. An additional foot of snow blanketed Western New York overnight in the latest winter storm system that has affected areas from Kansas to Maine.. (Photo by Guy Solimano/Getty Images)
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA - FEBRUARY 5: Ice forms on the Niagara River on February 5, 2014 in Niagara Falls, Canada. An additional foot of snow blanketed Western New York overnight in the latest winter storm system that has affected areas from Kansas to Maine.. (Photo by Guy Solimano/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA - JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Water still cascades over Niagara Falls on January 10, 2014. The famous falls at the US-Canadian border nearly froze during the recent cold snap which affected some 240 million people in the US and southern Canada . AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA - JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ONTARIO, CANADA - JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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'It looks like that from the Canadian side where some of this video is blocked, but with the new hydroelectric planes built on both sides of the border, steps have been taken to keep ice from blocking the water way.'

One man described it as a an optical illusion making some think the water's at an icy standstill.

Although parts of the falls do freeze in winter, it's unlikely they'll freeze as much this winter as they have in previous years. But WGRZ reports when rumors began spreading the landmark was frozen, people flocked to the tourist site with cameras.

Niagara Falls Live reports it would be pretty remarkable if the falls really did freeze over, which is why the news caused so much excitement.

'The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred.'

Even then, the falls weren't completely frozen over, but the flow was stopped enough that people could walk out and retrieve things from the riverbed!

Another watery landmark has seen significant freezing this year. WBBM reports 90% of Lake Michigan is covered in ice. Last year, just 20% was covered.

As for Niagara - we'll have to keep dreaming.
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