According to Twitter, a Polar Vortex is “a portal that opens in winter and penguins pour out.” In any case, an enormous stretch of North America has been feeling a lot like Antarctica with face-freezing, ice-encasing, colder-than-normal weather.
That hasn’t stopped a number of intrepid photographers from capturing the frigid conditions on Instagram (we can only assume they have those smart gloves you can keep on your hands while using a touchscreen).
From South Carolina to Ontario, we look at some of the, er, coolest shots of the cold snap.
Toronto harbour at -24 C.
Icy Chicago as seen from the air.
A young New Yorker embraces winter.
No wonder so many people were using the #Chiberia tag.
Lake Ontario looks like a tidal wave frozen mid-surge over the west end of Toronto.
A frozen fountain and Spanish moss in Charleston, South Carolina.
Chicago had a very dedicated group of Instagrammers and it’s easy to see why.
A cold, cold Cleveland.
Frozen falls in Paterson, New Jersey.
Icicles hanging off the umbrellas at a very frigid Sugar Beach in Toronto.