MAMOSA Report — This house encased in snow and ice up to 7 inches thick in upstate New York may look fake, but photographer John Kucko assures his social media followers it’s anything but.
The beach home in Webster, about 5 miles from Rochester, is located in a “very remote” area near the shoreline of Lake Ontario. In the spring and summer, it’s a weekend getaway; but when it comes to winter, it’s more of a hazard than anything else.
Kucko said he frequently visits the spot to shoot sunsets year-round. But when he stopped by the secluded spot on Sunday, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
This house, unlike neighboring houses facing the lake, doesn’t have a retaining wall. Therefore, the freezing temperatures combined with water and wind coated the house in layers of ice.
“The wind chill was below zero,” Kucko described. Icy winds battered the area for five days along Lake Ontario.
When Kucko posted photos of the house, which looks like it could be part of a scene out of “Frozen,” on his Facebook page, he was slammed by critics, claiming the picture had to have been photoshopped.
Hours later, Kucko posted a follow-up video to prove he did not, in any way, alter the photo.
“Some parts look apocalyptic up there,” he wrote on his Facebook page, along with a 30-second video. “The violent wind we’ve had the last five days has taken a toll.”
“Amazed at how many people think I sprayed foam on the place, too funny. Our area here in WNY (western New York) was pummeled by violent wind the last few days, over 160,000 lost power–some still don’t have it,” Kucko wrote.
For the past 5 days, the area has seen incessant winds with gusts up to 106 mph (158kmh), Kucko said. And it looks like the cold weather is going to continue, as a blizzard prepares to hit the Northeast.
The National Weather Service announced a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City and upstate New York. Up to a foot of snow or more is forecast for all of Western New York.
For now, Kucko says the homeowners are steering clear of the igloo-like home. Maybe they’ll return when it warms up, he joked.