Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties weren't the only areas dealing with harsh winter conditions during the lake effect blizzard from January 6th through the morning of Wednesday, January 9th, the Niagara River felt the affects of the artic blast as well.
As winds increased from the southwest the ice boom submerged and allowed a large amount of ice to flow downstream to the eastern channel of the Niagara River. In a short amount of time ice jam flooding was occuring under the North Grand Island Bridge, along the Robert Moses Parkway, northern sections of Grand Island and into Niagara Falls.
Below zero temperatures also aided in ice formation along the river during that time frame.
Icebreaker boats will be out all weekend around the clock to break up the ice along the Niagara river.
To learn more about the ice boom click the video attached to this story.