Freezing spray from winds across Lake Ontario turned a summer lake home into what locals have dubbed the “ice house” at Ramona Beach in Pulaski, New York. Stunning images show the house encased under what neighbour Berta Smith believes is up to “four feet of ice” with the roof line of the property sitting a few feet above ground level. Ms Smith cited high water levels for cocooning the house in a tomb of ice. She said: “My heart is broken. Many memories on this beach I grew up on.
“The high water levels are awful. Something needs to be done. 50 years of living there nothing like this never happened. We lived there year around and never had this happen.”
The phenomenon has attracted crowds brave enough to step outside among recent temperatures across midwest regions such as Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin of -29C.
It is believed the deep freeze is keeping across America a New York temperatures plunged to -19C.
Ms Smith posted images on Facebook of what the house looks like in the summer in snaps bearing little resemblance to the sight of the home now.
Icicles surround the edge of the roof and inside, windows are blacked out by ice.
The house, and many others in the local area, has got locals concerned about a potential risk of flooding in nearby streets once the ice begins to melt and the possibility of damage being caused.
Though many homeowners have fled the US to escape the cold, meaning they are unlikely to be made aware of any damage once they return.
The ice bomb has been caused by winds from Lake Ontario that caused huge waves to pummel the lake shore.
The more the winds sprayed the ice the more of it crept onto the shore and the thicker it became, encasing homes in the Ramona Beach area.
The news follows the emergence of Winter Storm Quiana, which is the next monster storm to hit the US, as a polar vortex from the North Pole continues to bear down over the northern states.
The storm will hit in the next few days, according to data from the Weather Channel.
During the January polar vortex, up to four people died in Chicago, with two victims being a couple involved in a car accident due to the ice.