Stunning Scenes Amidst Record-Breaking Cold Snap in Eastern US (PICTURES)

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Bitterly cold temperatures have conspired with unforgiving winds to create downright miserable conditions across the country. But at least this cruel winter weather has given us a bunch of cool pictures.

An unprecedented cold front has frozen parts of Niagara Falls, pictured above, drawing tourists to document the rare event.

© AP Photo / Carolyn ThompsonSnow and ice coat coin-operated viewers at Niagara Falls.
Snow and ice coat coin-operated viewers at Niagara Falls. - Sputnik International
Snow and ice coat coin-operated viewers at Niagara Falls.

At Letchworth State Park in western New York, the arctic freeze has transformed a pressure-fed fountain in to a five-story-tall “ice volvano.”

In the Midwest, the Great Lakes are now more than 85% iced over, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, with Lake Erie leading the way at more than 98%.

© AP Photo / U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Cmdr. John HenryLake Erie from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay
Lake Erie from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay - Sputnik International
Lake Erie from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay

© AP Photo / Kiichiro SatoSnow coats Navy Pier surrounded by ice-covered Lake Michigan in Chicago.
Snow coats Navy Pier surrounded by ice-covered Lake Michigan in Chicago. - Sputnik International
Snow coats Navy Pier surrounded by ice-covered Lake Michigan in Chicago.

Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.

© AP Photo / John MinchilloIce flows pass through New York Harbor.
Ice flows pass through New York Harbor. - Sputnik International
Ice flows pass through New York Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

© AP Photo / Matt RourkeIce collects on the Delaware River in view of Philadelphia.
Ice collects on the Delaware River in view of Philadelphia. - Sputnik International
Ice collects on the Delaware River in view of Philadelphia.
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