December starts the cold winter season in Rhode Island with gloomy skies and moderate precipitation. The 3" (76mm) to 5" (127mm) of rainfall is occasionally in the form of icy precipitation that makes the roads slippery. The snowfall is in the moderate range of 7" (178mm) to 13" (330mm), but the cold makes sure that the landscape remains frozen during the winter. The average high temperatures are in the 39°F (3.9°C) to 45°F (7.2°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the freezing zone of 25°F (-3.9°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C). Cold fronts are standard and keep the temperatures below freezing for several days in the interior. The winds are piercing with high speeds that exacerbate the effect of the cold. The Atlantic Ocean insulates the eastern part of the state from frigid temperatures, but the ocean waters are chilly, and the sands on the beaches are cold. Christmas brings festive spirits and joyous celebrations as people step out in warm winter coats. Snow lovers have plenty to cheer in December in Rhode Island.