February is cold and snowy in Rhode Island as the state battles the icy winter conditions. Providence, the capital, averages between 24°F (-4.4°C) to 40°F (4.4°C), while Newport in the south remains in the 25°F (-3.9°C) to 40°F (4.4°C) range. Temperatures often drop below freezing during the day, as an occasional blizzard sweeps Rhode Island. Snowfall ranges between 7" (178mm) to 12" (305mm) and results in hazardous driving conditions with slush and black ice on the roads. Half of the month sees mild sunshine, while the rest has overcast skies with 60% to 80% cloud cover. Snowblowers run routinely to clear driveways and pavements, and snowplows clear the roads regularly. Aquariums and museums are better for a visit than the zoos, which are chilly. The cold is unbearable without warm winter coats and heaters. Gloves and caps serve to keep hands and ears warm. There are plenty of good times to visit Rhode Island in the year than during the cold of February.