By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
March 17,2017, 3:27:28PM,EDT
One of the biggest storms of the winter slammed the northeastern United States early this week, dropping up to 42 inches of snow in some areas.
Travel in the region was significantly disrupted. Thousands of flights were canceled, and roads were impassable.
Several people were killed amid the storm. At least three fatalities were due to motor accidents on snowy roads, while three people died in Pennsylvania due to heart attacks after shoveling.
Many areas from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Poughkeepsie, New York, and Burlington, Vermont, picked up 1 to 2 feet of snow through Tuesday evening. West Winfield, New York, was one of the snowiest spots across the entire region with a National Weather Service trained spotter measuring 42 inches of snow.
Earlier in the week, a major temperature swing left parts of North and South Carolina with a blanket of snow. Days earlier, temperatures had hit into the 70s. Snow is rare for South Carolina this time of year.
The coating of snow caused delays at Charlotte International Airport.
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This winter’s abundance of rainfall in California sparked an early super bloom of wildflowers in California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
From October through February, the park received 5.65 inches of rain, more than an inch above normal.
A bloom this big hasn't happened since 2005, according to the Borrego Desert Nature Center. Still, the bloom is yet to hit its peak.
An explosion on Mount Etna injured 10 people this week as scientists and tourists were observing Sicily’s volcano.
The explosion reportedly occurred when magma hit snow. Rebecca Morelle, BBC News global science correspondent, was also on the volcano with a BBC crew and tourists. She reported that the group was pelted with boiling rocks and steam. Several people were treated for head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises.
Heavy rains triggered deadly flooding in Peru. The flooding has been blamed for the deaths of at least a dozen people, according to the Associated Press.
Severe flooding has plagued the country for several months. Officials have said that at least 62 people have been killed and another 12,000 homes were destroyed so far this year in the country.
The Peruvian Air Force has been assisting with disaster relief efforts. This week service members helped transport about 550 citizens from areas hit hardest by the flooding. Flood victims were transported to the capital city of Lima.