In case you hadn’t heard: It’s cold in the Eastern half of North America. So cold, in fact, that everything surrounding the Niagara Falls has frozen over, creating a mesmerizing winter wonderland.

The frigid temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains have been setting new records. This week, it has been -15 Fahrenheit in Niagara Falls, while Edmonton in Alberta felt like -40 degrees; that’s colder than Mars is right now. When it gets that cold, windows break, electric poles snap and most people try not to head outside, which is probably good because many cars won’t start anyway.

Related: Thresher sharks die in Massachusetts – likely due to cold shock

Ice forms on Niagara Falls every year, and the falls last froze over in 2014 during the infamous Polar Vortex. But that doesn’t make the phenomenon any less breathtaking. If you can’t visit Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side to witness the magic yourself, check out these photos from brave visitors.

Fire and ice

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