Here comes the cold: The shortest day of the year welcomes in the winter season

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NEW YORK – If you thought the last few weeks was rough, think again. Winter officially began Wednesday morning.

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, began at 5:44 a.m. This point marks the furthest distance the Northern Hemisphere is from the sun.

On a brighter note, days slowly start to get to longer after Wednesday,

While it's a short day for us, it's the longest day of the year and start of the summer in the Southern Hemisphere.