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Poll: Which of these extreme photos best captures this winter's wrath?

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
March 21, 2019, 8:45:19 AM EDT

Twitter/Natalie Kucko

ICE HOUSE - A combination of water spray and frigid winds encase camps along Lake Ontario. (Twitter/Natalie Kucko)

(AP Photo/Joel Keeler)

This Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 photo from video by Joel Keeler shows vehicles buried in the parking lot of the snowed-in Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park in California's Sierra Nevada.

(AP Photo/Josh Edelson)

A man kayaks down a flooded street in the town of Guerneville, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. The Russian River in Sonoma County crested at more than 46 feet (14 meters), flooding about 2,000 buildings.

Carolyn Thompson/AP

ICE TSUNAMI - Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Worker clears the first snow of the season in front of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Fan palms are covered with a layer of snow in the front yard of a home in Portland, Ore.

(AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS SNOWMAN - A man, who declined to give his name, takes a picture of a small snowman at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas.

(AP Photo/Michael Short)

A fallen tree that was downed by recent severe weather is reflected in a large puddle along with the Golden Gate Bridge in the Horseshoe Bay parking lot in Sausalito, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Josie, an English Retriever plays in the snow as her owners, Dawn and Mark Lundblad, walk a snow-covered Sandy Cove Drive, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 in Morganton, N.C. Over a foot of snow fell in the area creating a winter wonderland.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A pedestrian crosses a street where a foot or so of snow is turning to slush Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.

(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

FROZEN FOOTBALL - Arrowhead Stadium was covered with snow before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

(Jennifer Brown/Flagstaff Police Department)

This photo provided by the Flagstaff, Ariz., Police Department shows a police officer, left, helping a motorist push a car stuck in snow in Flagstaff Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2019. Schools, public libraries and businesses were closed for a days amid a major, record-breaking storm in north-central Arizona.

(AP Photo/Dan Eidsmoe)

POLAR VORTEX PLUNGE - Streets were emptier than normal in Chicago as dangerous cold descended upon the city on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Ice covers the Chicago River Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. A deadly Arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Passengers sit as they wait for their flight at O'Hare airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Hundreds of flights were canceled as a blizzard slammed Chicago.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

ICE CASTLES - Midway Ice Castles take shape as artisans construct popular winter attraction Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Midway, Utah. A winter storm has covered cactus with snow in parts of the American Southwest as temperatures in the desert fall below those of Anchorage, Alaska.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

A national guard truck moves through the flooded Scituate Harbor intersection of Hatherly and Jerricho Roads Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Scituate, Massachusetts. An intense storm, considered a bomb cyclone affected New England with high winds, coastal flooding and blizzard conditions.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Children sled down one of Seattle's steeper hills and in view of downtown and the Space Needle, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 after a major storm hit Western Washington.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

A young boy tosses a chunk of snow into Lake Michigan Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Milwaukee. Temperatures were sub-zero and wind chills were minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Horses feed in the snow along River Road near Lawrence, Kan., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

(AP Photo/Dan Eidsmoe)

STEAM RISES FROM LAKE MICHIGAN - Steam rose off of a frozen Lake Michigan amid the intense cold due to the polar vortex on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Commuters braves the wind and snow in frigid weather, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures blasted a swath of states spanning from North Dakota to Missouri and into Ohio after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Gavin Keller, left, and Hunter Matthews work the clear snow from the walkway of a home in Richmond, Va., Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. A winter storm kept dumped immobilizing snow and ice across several Southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without power.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A pedestrian walks during a winter snowstorm in view of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SNOWBALL FIGHT IN WASHINGTON - Several hundred people take part in a public snowball fight, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Wright Park in Tacoma, Wash. Word of the friendly battle spread on social media.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A young girl brushes off snow on the Fearless Girl statue in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York, as one of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country.

(AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, photo, Mark LeGrand pours deicer on the entranceway to a church in Montpelier, Vt. South Burlington, Vt., had more snow than average during the winter, making this winter rank in the top 10 snowiest.


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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