December is mild to cold at the start of the winter season in Mississippi, with average temperatures in the 29°F (-1.7°C) to 64°F (17.8°C) range. The conditions are comfortable during the day, with 6 hours of adequate sunlight and temperatures in the 53°F (11.7°C) to 64°F (17.8°C) zone. However, nights are freezing in the northern hilly areas for extended periods. The precipitation is ample to the tune of 5" (127mm) to 7" (178mm) in much of the state. Snow and sleet are rare along the Gulf coast, which finds many visitors in the winter. The northern region sees light snowfall, but tourists discover artificial snow and ice more than natural. Mississippi provides a welcome escape from snow shoveling and scraping ice from windows in the cold season. A jacket, however, makes the day comfortable by keeping the cold and rain in check. Expect a further drop in temperatures to drop with the advent of the winter season. The conditions are bearable in December in Mississippi for those who wish to escape the frigid winters of North America.