February is chilly in Virginia as cold conditions persist across the state. The days are mild to cold, and the nights are freezing. Roanoke and Staunton in the mountain region register temperatures between 26°F (-3.3°C) to 49°F (9.4°C) range, while Charlottesville and Lynchburg in the Piedmont region are between 27°F (-2.8°C) to 49°F (9.4°C). Mathews in coastal Virginia has average temperatures in the 28°F (-2.2°C) to 50°F (10°C) in February. Blizzards occur rarely but stall normal life due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. Driving conditions are challenging with slippery roads due to sleet and ice. The ocean waters are cold, but the beaches see a fair number of people. Whale watching is popular during the winter when the humpbacks arrive on the Virginia coast. Expect cold fronts, especially in the mountains, and a warmer southern part of the state than the north. Warm winter coats are necessary for the entire month even though the day temperatures become mild by the second half of February in Virginia.