Midwest, Northeast bid warm farewell to 'polar vortex'

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jan 09 2014 02:58 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2014 11:01 PM

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – Many Filipinos on the East Coast successfully replicated the “hot water turns to snow” trick while the bitter cold arctic blast lasted.

But not today.

"Maybe it's not that cold today. Yesterday was actually colder," said Marisse Panlilio of Jersey City.

It’s a good sign.

Midwesterners and northeasterners breathed a sigh of relief as they woke up to a much warmer temperatures in many states.

Meantime, for the past two days the arctic blast sculpted some of the most fascinating works of art only Mother Nature could create

An “ice geyser-like fountain” was created from a broken water main in Dunwoody, Georgia on Tuesday.

A several stories-high “ice waterfall” was created after a frozen pipe burst and ice formed along the exterior wall of a condo complex in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

“It’s almost like you could ice climb up the side of the building here,” one Hendersonville resident said. “I just woke up to the six-story man-made waterfall.”

In Davenport, Iowa, the owner of a car had a good excuse for missing work Tuesday as her car was frozen solid to the ground after yet another water main broke due to the frigid temperatures.

"It’s like a half a foot of water and I come out here and my car is already started and I’m like well, it’s probably not a good idea to try to move it because my tires are literally frozen to the ground,” car owner Tasha Greenwood said.

As they say in America, it was fun while it lasted.

For others who didn’t quite enjoy the sub-zero temperatures, the real fun is about to start in the coming days.

Temperatures will be on a rebound as the US bids goodbye to the weather phenomenon called ‘polar vortex’.