February is a cold winter month in Minnesota that is severely cold with heavy snowfall. The average high temperatures are below freezing in the 21°F (-6.1°C) to 28°F (-2.2°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the icy -4°F (-20°C) to 15°F (-9.4°C) zone. The snowfall is substantial even in the relatively mild south, with places like Minneapolis, Rochester, and Faribault registering up to 8" (203mm) of snow. The February sun is mild, and the sunlight lasts for a daily 4 hours in the majority of the state. Heavy winter coats are a necessity to move outdoors along with caps that cover the ears entirely. The Arctic air from the north hurts the nose and even the lungs. The soil freezes to a depth of 3 to 4 feet in the south and 5 to 6 feet in the north. Dog sledding is popular at the peak of the snow cover, along with snowmobiling and skiing. Expect the conditions to remain cold in February in Minnesota.