January is the coldest month of the year in Mississippi, with freezing nights in the north. The temperatures are significantly warmer along the coast compared to the northern hilly areas. The average high temperatures are between 49°F (9.4°C) to 62°F (16.7°C), while the average low temperatures are between 27°F (-2.8°C) to 43°F (6.1°C). Holly Springs in the north registers temperatures in the 27°F (-2.8°C) to 50°F (10°C), while Picayune on the Gulf coast has eight to ten sunny days in the month and temperatures between 38°F (3.3°C) to 62°F (16.7°C). Precipitation is between 4" (102mm) to 7" (178mm), with measurable quantities of snow in the north. The Gulf Coast is a popular destination in the state when the rest of the country is in the grip of severe cold. Jackets and sweaters keep the body warm during the cold nights in the south, while layered clothing is better in the north. Cold fronts occasionally occur in the state but rarely last for extended periods. The mild Mississippi weather is ideal for celebrating the New Year in January.