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By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
March 21, 2019, 8:45:19 AM EDT
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Winter 2018-2019 was the wettest winter on record in the United States due to relentless snow and rain.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the winter precipitation total was 2.22 inches higher than average, hitting 9.01 inches.
Above-average to record-breaking snow and rain stretched from the West to the East Coast, making for the wet season.
In the West, the Sierra Nevada snowpack was higher than normal, and the unusually wet winter across California officially lifted the state out of an eight-year drought, scientists announced last week. However, the surge in moisture led to rounds of flooding, dangerous snowfall and mudslides.
One of the biggest stories was in February when the Russian River, running through the northern half of the state, crested at 45 feet, completely flooding the town of Guerneville.
The 4,500-person town was essentially turned into an island with all roads in and out flooded.
Rare snowstorms descended upon Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, bringing travel to a halt. For hundreds, the snow was an excuse to get out and sled on some of the city's steepest hills or start a massive snowball fight on public grounds.
Rare snow also coated Las Vegas early in 2019, treating residents and tourists to a rare sight. It was the first measurable snowfall to hit the city in over a decade, according to NOAA.
Above-average snow piled up in Arizona, Utah and other Western states. Flagstaff, Arizona, had their snowiest day on record when more than 35 inches of snow fell on Feb. 21.
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The polar vortex ushered in extreme cold in the Midwest and Northeast in January, emptying crowded streets as people sought refuge from the dangerous conditions.
In Cotton, Minnesota, the mercury plunged to minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit. A record low of minus 23 overtook Chicago.
The harsh conditions contributed to several deaths throughout the region.
Several snowstorms trekked across the U.S., leading to travel chaos on one of the busiest travel days of the year - the day before Thanksgiving.
A midwestern blizzard led to hundreds of canceled flights and highway delays for travelers.
Other snowstorms throughout the season proved deadly as multi-vehicle pileups took place from the central U.S. to the East Coast.
Vermont received nearly 2 feet of snow more than average for winter, creating mountains of snow for residents to maneuver around.
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