February lies in the short winter season of Arizona, with delightful day temperatures between 55°F (12.8°C) to 73°F (22.8°C). Freezing nights are prominent in the northern hilly areas, which also account for the maximum portion of the snowfall in the state. Frosty nights are common in the central and western regions, while the south rarely receives any snow. The skies are mostly clear, and the light precipitation hardly registers in the 1" (25mm) to 2" (51mm) zone. Day trips to Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks draw large tourist numbers with the temperatures in the warm 53°F (11.7°C) to 58°F (14.4°C) zone. The Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon is open during the winter and is one of the famous tourist spots. Sleigh rides find many takers in the warm sunlight of February. Strong winds face little resistance due to the lack of natural barriers. The significant and quick drop in temperatures after sunset often catches tourists by surprise in February in Arizona.