February is cold in the winter season in North Carolina with at least 10 to 12 wet days that bring 4" (102mm) of rain. Polar air masses occasionally cross the mountains to bring brief cold waves in the state. Temperatures drop up to 10°F (-12.2°C) in the mountains and 0°F (-17.8°C) in extreme cases. The coastal regions are relatively warmer due to the influence of the warm ocean currents. Cape Hatteras is between 40°F (4.4°C) to 54°F (12.2°C) range, while Atlantic Beach registers in the 35°F (1.7°C) to 56°F (13.3°C) range. Snowfall is usually light except for the slopes of the high mountains. Raleigh has many ice skating rinks, and there is no shortage of snow in the mountain resorts. Fishing and hunting seasons are open even in the winter due to the relatively mild temperatures. A jacket is handy in the winter, primarily if it handles both cold and rain. Expect an occasional cold wave in February in North Carolina along with strong winds.