The extreme cold weather in the United States Midwest has frozen rivers and turned ordinary objects into “ice sculptures”.

In Wilmington, Illinois, locals were keeping a close eye on the Kankakee River amid concerns over the potential for flooding as a result of warmer temperatures expected during the weekend.

According to weather forecasts, more than 95% of Lake Michigan had iced up by Friday.

But while creating an impressive spectacle, the extreme cold also posed major risks, with reports of fatalities because of frostbite.

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