March is cold in the spring season in Virginia, with the snow still lingering in the mountains. The rest of the state receives light snowfall and moderate precipitation. The average high temperatures are between 52°F (11.1°C) to 61°F (16.1°C), while the average low temperatures are in the 28°F (-2.2°C) to 40°F (4.4°C) zone. Much of the mountainous region faces the prospects of freezing nights with temperatures between 25°F (-3.9°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C). The ground is green, and the atmosphere is cheerful with the blooming of flowers and singing of birds in early spring. March sees at least 7 hours of daily sunshine, and spring festivals lift the sagging winter spirits. Wildlife is active, and the state parks and wildlife refuges see early-season visitors. Carry a jacket or sweater to withstand the cold and dampness, especially after sunset. The Shenandoah National Park lies in the rain shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the driest portion of the state. Expect the temperatures to rise gradually by the last week of March in Virginia.