Minnesota waterfall freezes over as temperatures plunge

"The falls ... stay frozen most of the winter," ABC News' meteorologist said.

ByEMILY SHAPIRO
December 28, 2017, 11:16 AM

— -- The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota has frozen over as temperatures in the Midwest have plunged.

The Minnehaha Creek flows from Lake Minnetonka -- the biggest lake in the Twin Cities -- to the Mississippi River. The falls, located in Minneapolis, are a few miles from where the creek enters the Mississippi River.

PHOTO: The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
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PHOTO: The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
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"Every year, in early winter, the falls freeze completely after the first arctic outbreak brings temperatures below zero," said ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo -- a Minnesota native.

"The falls usually stay frozen most of the winter until milder days in the spring melt the ice," Golembo said.

PHOTO: The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
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PHOTO: The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
The Minnehaha Falls waterfall in Minnesota froze over amid plunging temperatures.
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PHOTO: Kelly Richards, left, and Lisa Rippe, jog around Lake Harriet in the sub-zero temps, Dec. 27, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Richards remarked to nearby walkers that the weather was great.
Kelly Richards, left, and Lisa Rippe, jog around Lake Harriet in the sub-zero temps, Dec. 27, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Richards, originally from the Twin Cities but who now lives in Texas and was visiting for the holidays, remarked to nearby walkers that the weather was great.
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Bitter cold temperatures are sweeping from the Midwest to the East Coast.

When the ball drops on New Year's Eve, temperatures may reach minus-31 degrees in Minneapolis.

Wind chill temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S. will be below zero and in the single digits.
Wind chill temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S. will be below zero and in the single digits.
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