January is the peak of the winter in Kansas, with freezing nights across the state. The average low temperatures are between 15°F (-9.4°C) to 22°F (-5.6°C), while the average high temperatures are in the 37°F (2.8°C) to 48°F (8.9°C) range. Topeka, the capital in northeastern Kansas registers between 20°F (-6.7°C) to 40°F (4.4°C), with significant variations in temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds. The precipitation is scanty across the state as the cold season tends to be dry. Sunny conditions are dominant with 6 hours of sunshine in many places. Snowfall is light to moderate due to the absence of moisture. Chinook winds can quickly raise the temperatures from cold to warm that even hit 80°F (26.7°C) in few areas. Arctic air masses move over the state with little to no obstruction. Northwest Kansas provides hunting grounds for those few huntsmen who seek deer, wild pheasants, quails, or coyotes during the winter. January brings few visitors to the cold prairie and is an off-season for tourism.