March brings a transition from cold to warm weather with the arrival of the spring season in Mississippi. Ten to twelve rainy days bring 4" (102mm) to 7" (178mm) of rain in the majority of the state. Snowfall is rare even in spring, and the melting of existing snow in the mountains is a reason for local flooding along with the heavy rainfall. The bright sunshine descends over the valleys and the plains with equal intensity and lasts for 7 hours a day. The average high temperatures are between a 63°F (17.2°C) and 72°F (22.2°C), with McComb in the south in the 47°F (8.3°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) zone. The average low temperatures lie in the cold 39°F (3.9°C) to mild 52°F (11.1°C), with Tupelo in the north in the 43°F (6.1°C) to 66°F (18.9°C) range. Early spring is the time of blooming dogwood flowers, and the sounds of wild birds and animals fill the natural environment. The arrival of the spring season charges the atmosphere in March in Mississippi.