Winter 2014-2015 was a memorable season for many across the United States. In the Midwest and Northeast, record-shattering cold defined much of February. In terms of snowfall, both Boston and Buffalo were hammered at times, with accumulations so high that all transportation grinded to a halt. Boston, in particular, even set a new city record for most snow ever received in one season.
These 10 photographs summarize winter's wrath across the United States:
1. Cold, Windy Conditions Create Unique Scenes on the Great Lakes
In mid-February, frigid weather blasted the Midwest and Northeast, transforming the Great Lakes into a scene reminiscent of the Arctic. Photos of the lakes made waves on social media, as the near-record low temperatures paired with powerful winds created impressive natural ice and snow formations.
2. Repeated Snowstorms Hammer Boston
As snowstorm after snowstorm walloped Boston this winter, residents were met by unprecedented snow amounts. Piles as high as 10 to 12 feet could be seen on street corners throughout the city. On numerous occasions, the snow shut down the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority completely.
3. Parking Wars Ignite Between Bostonians
With more than 8 feet of snow having accumulated across Boston through January, clogged city streets made available parking spaces a hot commodity. Parking wars ignited city-wide as many residents used space savers to reserve the spots they spent hours shoveling out.
4. Delta Plane Skids off Runway in New York
As heavy snow fell across New York City on March 5, 2015, the Fire Department of New York reported that a Delta Airways plane skidded off a runway at LaGuardia airport amid low visibility.
5. Early-Winter Blizzard Buries Buffalo
Communities along the I-90 corridor in southwestern New York, from Silver Creek to the towns south of Buffalo, were hammered by several feet of snow in early January. Gusty winds accompanied the heavy snow, causing blowing, drifting and white-out conditions at times.
6. March Snowstorm Strands Kentucky Drivers on I-24
After nearly a foot of snow fell across Kentucky, drivers became stranded on I-24 between Eddyville and Cadiz, Kentucky, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The heavy snow closed the interstate completely between Paducah and Cadiz.
7. Slippery Roadways Lead to 123-Car Pileup in Michigan
In early January, a major pileup shut down both lanes of I-94 in Michigan amid wintry weather. More than 100 vehicles were involved in the accident, including one carrying a load of fireworks which ignited on the interstate.
8. Massive Ice Boulders Line Cape Cod
In mid-March, in the area of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, located on Cape Cod, dozens of large, boulder-sized icebergs littered the shores and coastal waters.
9. Chicago Receives the City's Fifth Biggest Snowstorm in History
Near-blizzard conditions enveloped Chicago in early February with severely limited visibility, heavy snowfall and blowing and drifting snow. The storm became the city's fifth biggest snowstorm in history, with a total of 19.3 inches.
10. Winter Storm Snarls Travel in the Virginias, Turns Deadly in Tennessee
A robust winter storm, covering a stretch of nearly 2,000 miles, spread a swath of snow and ice from the central U.S. to the Northeast in late February. In Tennessee, thousand were without power as ice downed electrical lines across the state. More than 20 people were killed.