Scenes From a Frozen World

As much of the United States remained in the clutches of the polar vortex, other parts of the Northern Hemisphere were also feeling the extremes of mid-winter. Collected below, images taken over the last week of January from countries across the North, where icy temperatures and snowfall have drastically changed the landscape.

A natural-color image of the frigid Great Lakes region acquired on January 27, 2019, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite. Cloud streets and lake-effect snow stretch across the scene, as freezing winds blow across the lake surfaces in subzero temperatures.

The sun rises over the banking district in Frankfurt, Germany, as snow falls on the outskirts on January 31, 2019.

A Newfoundland dog sits on a bench as winter snow flurries hit Manhattan on January 30, 2019.

The frozen American Falls are illuminated in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, on January 30, 2019.

Icicles hang from a monument of a Soviet soldier at the Soviet-heroes cemetery in Bucharest, Romania, on January 26, 2019.

A Metra train moves southbound toward downtown Chicago as a gas-fired switch heater on the rails keeps ice and snow off the switches near the Metra Western Avenue station in Chicago on January 29, 2019.

Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline on January 30, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Businesses and schools have closed; Amtrak has suspended service into the city; more than 1,000 flights have been canceled; and mail delivery has been suspended as the city copes with record-setting low temperatures.

Pigeons rest on ice-covered tree branches in Bucharest, Romania, on January 26, 2019, after two days of freezing rain.

A Kitewing sailor races across the frozen Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire, on January 27, 2019.

Dogs play in the early-morning light on Primrose Hill as the sun begins to rise in London, England, on January 31, 2019. The United Kingdom endured its coldest night of the year so far, with temperatures dropping as low as 9 degrees Fahrenheit (–13 degrees Celsius) in Scotland.

A commuter walks through downtown Chicago in subzero temperatures during an extremely light morning rush hour on January 30, 2019.

Pigeons huddle together in the snow during a winter storm in Buffalo, New York, on January 30, 2019.

Ice forms patterns on the roof of a car in London, England, on January 30, 2019.

A BMW motorbike is covered with snow and ice on top of the Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt, Germany, on January 29, 2019.

Geese huddle in the water as the sun rises at the harbor in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on January 30, 2019.

Drifting snow obscures a road near Mount Joy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 2019.

A man wears shorts as he walks his dog in the snow on January 30, 2019, in Lancashire, United Kingdom.

The Reflecting Pool sits frozen on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 31, 2019, as the region experiences frigid temperatures.

A snow-removal vehicle clears roads after heavy snowfall in Mus, Turkey, on January 30, 2019.

A woman looks through the window of a house buried under snow in Savascilar village in Mus, Turkey, on January 31, 2019.

People walk through a snow-covered forest on the Fichtelberg in the Ore Mountains in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on January 25, 2019.

Water buffalo bathe in a hot spring near the village of Budakli in the mountainous Bitlis province of southeastern Turkey on January 24, 2019. Residents of the village, which has some 60 homes, walk hundreds of buffalo up snow-covered roads to geothermal springs in the winter. Villagers say the hot springs heal buffalo's wounds, alleviate discomfort in their breasts, and help make quality milk. The village's main source of income is cheese, butter, and milk from the buffalo.

Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan before sunrise on January 31, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.

A fox looking for food during tough winter conditions is seen near a settlement in Van, Turkey, on January 30, 2019.

A man climbs up an artificial ice wall in a courtyard in Liberec, Czech Republic, on January 27, 2019.

Icicles hang in front of a door at a bar in Mequon, Wisconsin, on January 30, 2019.

Ice covers the Chicago River on January 30, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.

A red deer grazes in the snow on January 30, 2019, in Glen Etive, Scotland.

A harbor light at Chicago's 39th Street Harbor is covered by ice on Lake Michigan on January 30, 2019.

A student is dressed for subzero temperatures while walking to class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 29, 2019.

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