March is cold and damp in Michigan, with a gradual transition to the spring season. Drizzles are frequent during the day, and the majority of the state sees rainfall to the tune of 2" (51mm) to 3" (76mm). The sunshine is weak during the days of early spring, with frequent cold fronts from the Arctic. The average high temperatures are in the range of a mild 35°F (1.7°C) to 46°F (7.8°C), while the nights are below freezing between 10°F (-12.2°C) to 28°F (-2.2°C). Green shoots are in patches, but fresh snow keeps the ground white. The weather is cold enough to wear layers of clothing during the early days of spring. Rain jackets keep the dampness and rain at bay but not the 6" (152mm) to 20" (508mm) of snow. The time is perfect to view the millions of stars in the clear night skies in the unpolluted environment of the north. Expect an occasional ice storm in the northern parts that brings an unusual amount of snow in March in Michigan.