Today marks the Winter Solstice, also known as the shortest day of the year; with 8 hours, 46 minutes, and 25 seconds of daylight (that's the bad news).

Winter in Minnesota officially begins at 4:23 PM today.

How about this crazy tidbit; today's daylight will be almost 7 hours shorter than the Summer Solstice (June 21) which is the longest day of the year. That's a big swing!

Ready for the good news? Days start getting longer on Saturday at an average rate of around 30 seconds per day. Cheer up, the days will be about four minutes longer by New Year's Eve.

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