February provides no respite to the cold in New Hampshire as the average temperatures are in the cold -2°F (-18.9°C) to 38°F (3.3°C) zone across the state. Berlin in the north averages between a frigid 7°F (-13.9°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C), while Concord, the state capital, in the south, is between a cold 14°F (-10°C) to 35°F (1.7°C). The sun regularly hides for many days as clouds cover the skies, and the days are short. Freezing temperatures make it difficult to step outside as heaters run for 24 hours a day everywhere, from cars, libraries, and stores to schools and offices. The cold is often unbearable to the naked skin, and warm winter coats are the order of the day. Snowstorms occur regularly, and it is common for schools and offices to close down. It is an excellent idea to have backup power in the form of generators, batteries, or fuel stoves as storms sometimes cause power failures during the winter. At a minimum, keep a stock of warm clothing, food, and fuel.