February is chilly in the winter of North Dakota as wind and cold take charge of the weather. The nights are severely cold, while the days rarely register temperatures above freezing due to the weak sunlight. The skies are gloomy and partly cloudy due to a rise in humidity. Bismarck, the capital in the central region, receives weak sunshine that results in average temperatures in the icy 8°F (-13.3°C) to 28°F (-2.2°C) range. Powers Lake and Kenmare in the west are even colder, with temperatures between 3°F (-16.1°C) to 24°F (-4.4°C). Winter temperature variations are extreme in North Dakota due to the lack of natural barriers to the invading air masses from the north and south. The snowfall of 6" (152mm) to 8" (203mm) covers the entire landscape, although the rainfall is negligible. Flora and fauna are asleep during the winter due to the harsh conditions. February is usually a time to avoid a visit to North Dakota for the majority of the population.