February is a cold winter month in Missouri with mild days and freezing nights. The skies are gloomy except for periods of warm sunshine on both sides of noon. Day temperatures are in the average range of 39°F (3.9°C) to 51°F (10.6°C), while nights are bitter and icy between 18°F (-7.8°C) to 32°F (0°C). Snowfall is regular but rarely accumulates on the ground for long periods in the plateaus and southern regions. Kansas City receives 3.2" (81mm) of snow, while Saint Louis gathers 4.3" (109mm). The Ozarks are colder and rainier than the rest of the state, especially at higher altitudes. Sunny days are rare and average hardly eight to ten days in the month. Sporadic ice storms and strong gales blow during the winter. Heavy snowfall sets the ground for ice skating, sledding, and snowboarding. Dress in layers and keep afternoons vacant for outdoors when the sunshine is at its best. Expect the temperatures to rise steadily by the end of February in Missouri.