NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- Niagara Falls saw more visitors on Wednesday than might be expected on a typical winter's day...many of them were locals.
They were drawn by the promise of a "rare" spectacle, which turned out to be not exactly what was billed, particularly by the national media.
After another bout of severe cold in the region, several reports were printed and aired nationally and internationally, that the American falls had "frozen over."
"I hopped into my car to come here to see if it was true," said Pattie Surwill of Buffalo.
Like many who live in Western New York, Surwill primarily comes to the falls when entertaining out of town relatives or friends, eager to see one of the world's natural wonders.
She said she came Wednesday after receiving a call from her sister in Montana, who saw a news report out west that proclaimed the Falls were indeed "frozen".