As the spring officially begins March 20, it's time to look back on some surprisingly low and surprisingly high snowfall totals across the United States.
Winter came early in western New York, when heavy bands of lake-effect snow engulfed the area and dropped 5-7 feet of snow from Nov. 17-21 in two separate storms across areas south of the Buffalo airport. A foot of snow was measured at the airport itself, and all major roads in and around Buffalo were closed at one point.
Through the end of December, snowfall was actually below average in the eastern United States. That changed for much of the Northeast after the calendar flipped to 2015 as Mother Nature unleashed a barrage of storms on the region.
One of those storms was the Blizzard of 2015, which brought travel to a standstill across the Northeast in late January, with the heaviest snow of more than 2 feet falling from Long Island to southern and eastern New England.
Ski resorts in New England were delighted with the repeated helpings of fresh powder.
While the Northeast was buried by snow, parts of the western U.S. didn't get nearly as much as they would've liked, forcing some ski resorts to close earlier than normal.
In California, following a wet start to December, much-needed snow stayed away, sending snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada to 13 percent of normal as of March 16. Last year at this time, the statewide total was 29 percent.
Alaska, notorious for harsh winters, had below-normal snowfall as above-normal temperatures gripped the state. The lack of snow on the ground forced the starting location of the Iditarod to be moved.
This infographic highlights 10 of the biggest cities that were buried by snow this winter as well as the astonishing amounts of snow that Bostonians had to circumvent.