An Arctic deep freeze and massive winter storm have transformed buildings into icicle palaces in North America.
The regions in and around Buffalo, New York, downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, emerged as ground zero for the freak weather.
Footage showed the aftermath of a blizzard in the city, with vehicles seen buried in snow and homes and businesses also blanketed after being hit by Storm Elliott.
Stunning pictures showed Hoak's restaurant in Buffalo covered in ice from the spray of Lake Erie.
Images also showed lakeside homes in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, draped in vertical icicles on top of already thick facades of ice.
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The freak conditions extended over most of the US last week and through the Christmas holiday as far south as the Mexican border.
On Christmas Day, Buffalo had already seen 92.7in of snow this season, just a few inches shy of the average 95.4in Buffalo gets during an entire winter.
The blizzard was more deadly than a previous one in 1977, and some victims were found in cars or died as they cleared sidewalks.
At least 60 people died in weather-related incidents in recent days, NBC News reported.