February is the driest month of the year in Indiana as the average rainfall drops below 2.5" (64mm) in the state. Lake effect snow is prominent in northwest Indiana in the proximity of Lake Michigan. February snowfall is in the range of 8" (203mm) to 12" (305mm), with one of the highest numbers in South Bend at 15" (381mm). In central and southern parts, the snow and cold increases towards the east due to high elevations. Snowstorms are frequent as polar air masses reach the heart of Indiana. The average temperatures vary from a cold 17°F (-8.3°C) during the night to a warm 50°F (10°C) in the day. Evansville in the south is mild between 30°F (-1.1°C) to 50°F (10°C) compared to Fort Wayne in the north, between 20°F (-6.7°C) to 36°F (2.2°C). Expect the conditions to be cold, and drive carefully on the hazardous roads rendered slippery due to ice and snow. February does not allow venturing outside without the warmth of winter coats in Indiana.