December is a cold winter month in West Virginia with the average temperatures in the 17°F (-8.3°C) to 42°F (5.6°C) range. The eastern part of the state is cold with average low temperatures of 17°F (-8.3°C) in Marlinton and 23°F (-5°C) in Wardensville; Beckley in the south has lows at 26°F (-3.3°C), while Clarksburg in the northwest registers approximately 25°F (-3.9°C). Snowfall is heavy in the eastern mountain ranges where it often crosses 15" (381mm) to 20" (508mm). Rainfall is in the form of icy precipitation that registers 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm). December is short of sunshine, averages about 10 days with 4 hours of sun, and is usually cloudy. The winter brings chilly winds that accelerate the cooling effect. Mountains attract skiing enthusiasts and other adventure lovers, but generally, the period is slow regarding tourist numbers. The winter is cold but bearable with the aid of warm winter clothes as extreme weather is rare in West Virginia compared to some of the other parts of the United States, mainly the Mid-West and the Northeast.