January is generally the coldest month of the year in Ohio and also the snowiest. The average temperatures are in the chilly 17°F (-8.3°C) to 44°F (6.7°C) and drop below 0°F (-17.8°C) in a few places. Columbus, the capital in the south, registers between 23°F (-5°C) to 37°F (2.8°C), while Chippewa Lake in the north is between a cold 17°F (-8.3°C) to 32°F (0°C) range. The rainfall is less than 4" (102mm), but ice and snow are major contributors to the precipitation. Northern Ohio receives between 10" (254mm) to 15" (381mm) of snow, while the south registers between 4" (102mm) to 8" (203mm). The skies remain dark with weak sunshine that lasts for hardly 4 hours a day. Warm winter coats are mandatory when moving outdoors, and heaters run 24/7 to provide much necessary warmth. Ice fishing and ice skating are popular among the population as tourists avoid the state in the winter. Fog is a regular feature in the cold season. January is cheap on the wallet for visitors who can bear the cold in Ohio.