January is by far the coldest and snowiest month of the year in Maryland as the temperatures race towards the bottom. Nights are below freezing and drop below 0°F (-17.8°C) regularly in several places. The average low temperatures are in the frigid 16°F (-8.9°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C), while the average high temperatures are in the cold 35°F (1.7°C) to 47°F (8.3°C) zone. January sees 5" (127mm) to 10" (254mm) of snow everywhere except the coast and deposits of 20" (508mm) and above are standard in the mountains. Head towards the western mountains for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Outdoor ice skating rinks are available throughout the state. Winter is an off-season with raining discounts on flights and hotel accommodations. Fewer crowds offer unobstructed views of the panoramic mountains, while the beaches on the eastern shore offer plenty of space for walking. Pack in layers with a winter coat to encounter the icy precipitation. Expect moderate sunshine for a few hours during the day as the skies are mostly dark in January in Maryland.