Winter solstice 2023: What to know about the start of winter in Chicago area

The winter solstice signifies the start of astronomical winter, although meteorological winter began earlier in the month

NASA states the exact timing of the winter solstice in 2023 will be at 9:27 p.m. on Dec. 21, marking the year’s shortest day

The solstice represents the least daylight hours with under nine hours and eight minutes of daylight in Chicago and the Earth's axis at its furthest from the sun

Conversely, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere signifies the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere

Despite the solstice, Chicago will not experience its earliest sunset; this occurred earlier in December, with sunset beginning to extend a week prior to the solstice

Days continue to shorten as sunrise occurs progressively later until early January

Though winter's start, Chicago might not feel wintry with temperatures expected to reach mid-40s, rising into the 50s for the weekend and Christmas holiday