January is the coldest month of the year in Wisconsin, as it becomes exceedingly difficult to stay outdoors even for a few minutes. The temperatures are deathly cold, often dropping below -10°F (-23.3°C) and even plummeting to -30°F (-34.4°C) in the northern highlands. Wind chill screws the nails on the coffin further as the temperature feels colder than it registers on the scale. The average high temperatures are in the 20°F (-6.7°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the 0°F (-17.8°C) to 16°F (-8.9°C) range. January is the snowiest month of the year as the average accumulation is 15" (381mm) in the state. Black ice, slippery roads, and snow make driving a challenge - add to it the gloomy days without the sun in sight, and it is no wonder only a small group of snow lovers cherishes the winter. New Year is one of the coldest periods in Wisconsin that sees celebrations in the indoor warmth of homes and hotels.