Weather in January
is usually the coldest month of the year in Indiana
when the temperatures drop in the frigid zone. The average temperatures in Indianapolis, the capital in the central region, are between 21°F (-6.1°C) to 36°F (2.2°C), while they range in the cold 15°F (-9.4°C) to 44°F (6.7°C) range statewide.
The rainfall amounts to less than 3" (76mm) as ice and snow replace it as a form of precipitation. January is the snowiest month of the year with 10" (254mm) of snow in many parts in the north, while the south registers 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm). The skies are partly cloudy and tend to be gloomy in the absence of intense sunshine.
Warm winter coats serve well in the cold season, especially when the wind speeds are high. Ice fishing, ice skating, and skiing are popular with locals and tourists alike. Pockets of mild weather occur in the south for brief periods. However, January is a discount season in Indiana, with a shortage of visitors due to the severe cold.