February is icy in Alaska, with the average temperatures in the -1°F (-18.3°C) to 15°F (-9.4°C) zone. The days are short, and the daily sunshine lasts for 4 to 5 hours in the majority of the state. Snowstorms often stall everyday life with vast deposits of snow and raging winds that make it difficult for snowplows and trucks to operate. February receives on an average 45" (1143mm) of snow, but the regions of heavy snowfall have relatively mild temperatures. The southern parts of the state are warmer than the north, with cheaper accommodation rates in the winter. Expect mild temperatures in the panhandle as places like Juneau and Sitka register temperatures between 28°F (-2.2°C) to 41°F (5°C). Dog mushing is extremely popular, and winter is the time for sled dog races on the frozen rivers such as the Yukon and Chena. Ice fishing and ice skating attract plenty of interest. Extreme winter clothing is mandatory in Alaska in February.