January is the coldest month of the year in West Virginia as the temperatures plummet to the frigid zones. The average high temperatures are in the cold range of 33°F (0.6°C) to 43°F (6.1°C), while the average low temperatures stay in the 13°F (-10.6°C) to 24°F (-4.4°C) zone. January is the snowiest month with an average of 10" (254mm) to 15" (381mm); Eastern regions like Snowshoe, Elkins, Bartow, Marlinton, and Seneca State Forest accumulate significantly higher amounts of snow over the average. The snow is sufficient for exciting winter activities like dogsledding, snowshoeing, and sleigh riding, among others. Rain is a regular host in West Virginia, and January is no exception with 4" (102mm) of precipitation. Though winter has a range of activities, the tourist numbers dwindle in January, and off-season discounts are common. Note that most of the mountain trails remain closed during the winter as do some of the state parks, and it is rightly so, as the sunshine is scarce and the roads are icy.