January 7, 2014 5:20 pm

Gallery: Photos of a cold winter wonderland

ABOVE: From a fountain stuck in place to Hell literally freezing over – check out these remarkable winter weather images from across North America 

With such extreme cold, it can sometimes be hard to see the beauty outside.

But many people are taking the opportunity to take pictures of the winter weather.

Temperatures have dipped well below seasonal across most of the country as well as the in the United States.

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The culprit in the cold weather is a polar vortex.

Though the polar vortex is not a new phenomenon, it usually remains far north.

Over the past week, however, it has dipped far south and affected much of central Canada as well as the U.S. Midwest, prompting school bus cancellations, school closures, transit cancellations, and power outages.

In Indianapolis, the mayor even declared it illegal to drive.

Warmer weather is on its way, however, with temperatures set to rise by the end of the week across Canada.

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