January is the snowiest and coldest month of the year in Vermont. The New Year alternates between a few hours of daily sunshine, gloomy skies, and inclement weather. Temperatures drop even below -10°F (-23.3°C) in many places, while the average temperatures are between 2°F (-16.7°C) to 31°F (-0.6°C). Montpelier, the capital in Central Vermont, averages in the 7°F (-13.9°C) to 26°F (-3.3°C), while Newport in the north is in the cold 3°F (-16.1°C) to 23°F (-5°C). Mountain peaks receive heavy snow in the 40" (1016mm) to 50" (1270mm) range, while the rest of the state registers 18" (457mm) to 20" (508mm). Snowstorms are frequent in January, and the roads and highways need regular snow removal measures such as cleaning and salting. Blizzards may cause even interstate highways to close down in many places! It is an excellent idea to change to snow tires on vehicles during the winter, and mountain roads may even need tire chains for safe driving on the slippery ice. Overall, out-of-state tourists with families avoid a visit to Vermont in January.