January is the coldest month of the year in New Mexico as the night temperatures remain in the freezing zone. The bottom may hit extremes below 0°F (-17.8°C) in the upper mountain ranges but generally keeps above it in the rest of the state. The average low temperatures are in the frigid 2°F (-16.7°C) to 35°F (1.7°C), while the average high temperatures are in the 38°F (3.3°C) to 54°F (12.2°C) zone. Northern New Mexico is the coldest region with Eagle Nest and El Vado Lake Dam reporting low temperatures in the 2°F (-16.7°C) to 8°F (-13.3°C) range. January is also the snowiest month of the year as many cities register snowfall in the 6" (152mm) to 8" (203mm) range. The mountain town of Red River receives a massive 21" (533mm) of snow. Many ski enthusiasts spend the New Year in mountain lodges and ski valleys that offer picturesque views in the backdrop of the warm sunlight. Watch out for snowstorms in the mountains. Remember that even the coldest days of January receive bright sunshine in New Mexico!