Ice chunks and water flow over the falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.
Ice chunks and water flow over the falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.REUTERS/Aaron Harris

The Niagara Falls in Canada and the United States has turned into an icy mass due to the freezing temperatures brought by the Polar Vortex.

The acute weather condition caused by the Polar Vortex affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada. The frigid air has also frozen mist that coats the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park.

The record-breaking cold snap in much of the United States that has sent North America shivering in bitter cold will start fading as Polar Vortex departs during the second half of this week.

A Polar Vortex, which rises in the Arctic, is actually a pattern of winds that resemble that of cyclones and flow around the North Pole year round.

The United States saw the season's first Polar Vortex following a major snow storm that crippled normal life in much of America.

A collection of photos show stunning views of the Niagara Falls with waters partly frozen.

According to National Weather Service (NWS), there is a slight chance of snow between midnight and 3am followed by flurries on Thursday at the Falls.

The photos show snow on the boulders, near the Rainbow Bridge and on the tourists' deck. The NWS predicts further snow accumulation of less than a half inch until Friday. A chance of rain and snow showers is also predicted for mid next week.

Check out below the spectacular and once-in-a-lifetime photos of Niagara Falls, partly frozen.

The American Falls at the side of Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario.
The American Falls at the side of Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario.REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Polar Vortex  will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com.
Polar Vortex will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com.REUTERS/Aaron Harris
The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls
The U.S. side of the Niagara FallsREUTERS/Aaron Harris
The Rainbow Bridge shown in Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.
The Rainbow Bridge shown in Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Visitors take pictures overlooking the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.
Visitors take pictures overlooking the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014.REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Visitors take pictures overlooking the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Visitors take pictures overlooking the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario.REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Visitors enjoy the frozen view of Niagara Falls in bitter cold.
Visitors enjoy the frozen view of Niagara Falls in bitter cold.REUTERS/Aaron Harris