January is usually the coldest month of the year in Massachusetts as the temperatures drop to the trough of the year. The average low temperatures are in the frigid 10°F (-12.2°C) to 24°F (-4.4°C), as several days register subzero readings. Boston, the capital in the east, is between 22°F (-5.6°C) to 36°F (2.2°C), while Lanesboro in the west has one of the coldest temperatures between 10°F (-12.2°C) to 29°F (-1.7°C). January is the snowiest month of the year, with an average of 15" (381mm) to 20" (508mm) of snow statewide. Even the cruise season takes a hit as Cape Cod, and the offshore islands receive up to 7" (178mm) of snow. The skiing season is at its peak as the rugged mountain slopes shine with powdery snow. The numbing cold makes it mandatory to wear warm winter coats such as those of the Nanooks of the north. Strong winds and bitter cold make the winters dreary as the roads become routinely impassable amid poor visibility, ice, and snow in Massachusetts in January.