January weather forecast and climate
Rhode Island, USA

Flag of Rhode Island, USA
Flag of Rhode Island, USA

Weather in January

January is by far the coldest month of the year in Rhode Island, with even the day temperatures below freezing on many occasions. The high temperatures during the day average in the cold 34°F (1.1°C) to 40°F (4.4°C) range, while the nightly low temperatures are in the frigid 17°F (-8.3°C) to 25°F (-3.9°C) zone. Woonsocket in the north is among the coldest places with low temperatures below 17°F (-8.3°C).
The short days receive few hours of mild sunlight as icy precipitation takes over to the tune of 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm) in the state. Five to seven days bring 8" (203mm) to 14" (356mm) of snowfall, with North Foster receiving 14" (356mm) of snow.
Sledding and tubing are popular activities over places like Diamond Hill and Yawgoo Valley. Gray skies persist for long periods to give the feeling of a long winter. January is a slack season for tourism, which throws great deals for people wanting to travel on a budget. The severe cold in January mandates dressing in layers and warm winter coats in Rhode Island.
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