December is the start of the mild to the cold winter season in Arkansas, with daily sunshine of 6 hours. The precipitation is in the range of 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm), and it is prudent to carry a rain jacket when outdoors. Snowfall is usually light in the northern region and rare in the rest of the state. The average high temperatures are in the mild 47°F (8.3°C) to 58°F (14.4°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the cold 26°F (-3.3°C) to 36°F (2.2°C) zone. Fayetteville in the north registers temperatures in the zone of 29°F (-1.7°C) to 48°F (8.9°C). The southern portion of the state is warmer than the rest and has night temperatures regularly above freezing in the winter. The proximity to the Gulf of Mexico mellows the cold season, yet cold air masses reach the interior from the north. The tourist numbers are satisfactory in December in Arkansas when the northern part of the United States faces extreme cold.