March is cold in Rhode Island as early spring is prone to cloudy skies and frequent wet periods. The moody weather swings between sunny and rainy days along with flurries of snow. Day high temperatures are in the mild 46°F (7.8°C) to 49°F (9.4°C) range, while the nights are below freezing. Block Island and Newport register temperatures in the cold 31°F (-0.6°C) to 46°F (7.8°C) range. Rain jackets are handy in spring with the precipitation to the tune of 4" (102mm) to 6" (152mm). The strong wind acts as a deterrent for cycling on the carefully paved roads. Ducks and swans are galore, and it is a common sight to see them floating on the beautiful ponds. Snowfall is sporadic and registers from 4" (102mm) to 12" (305mm) in the state. Ice storms occasionally occur in early spring to simulate winter-like conditions. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are the order of the day, while sweaters are in action during the night. Expect the cold to give way to mild sunshine with the advance of the spring season in March in Rhode Island.