January is usually the coldest and snowiest month of the year with the arrival of the New Year in Connecticut. The average temperatures are in the cold zone of 13°F (-10.6°C) to 39°F (3.9°C), with Hartford, the capital between 18°F (-7.8°C) to 35°F (1.7°C). The rainfall is moderate in the 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm) range, but the snowfall is ample, especially in the interior of the state where it ranges from 10" (254mm) to 20" (508mm). Coastal regions typically do not see snow lying on the ground for more than a few days after a snowstorm. Snowplows are regularly in action to clear the roads and highways, and drivers need to spot them from a distance to avoid collisions. Plan activities in advance and keep plenty of buffer time in the winter. It is an excellent idea to put snow tires on vehicles in the icy conditions, and tire chains are better for hilly roads. A Connecticut trip in January is rarely to avail of a vacation.