January is usually the coldest and snowiest month of the year in Missouri, with extreme temperatures occurring infrequently. The average low temperatures are below freezing, between 14°F (-10°C) to 28°F (-2.2°C), while the average high temperatures are in the cold 33°F (0.6°C) to 46°F (7.8°C) range. Jefferson City, the capital in the central region averages between 21°F (-6.1°C) to 40°F (4.4°C), while Maryville in the far northwest is frigid between 14°F (-10°C) to 34°F (1.1°C). Temperatures increase steadily while moving from the northwest to the southeast. January is the driest month with drizzly, freezing rain. Skiing, sledding, and snow tubing are popular winter activities in places such as Snow Creek in Weston. Days are short, with moderate sunshine that lasts for 5 to 6 hours. Ice storms are common in the northern than the southern part of the state. Wear layered clothing and warm coats as strong Arctic winds sweep the land periodically in the winter. New Year attracts visitors, but January is a month of low tourist footprint.