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Our winter coat may have been out of the closet for months now, but believe it or not, the season hasn’t even started yet. 

But to quote “Game of Thrones”…winter is coming.

The first day of winter — also known as the winter solstice — is this Saturday, Dec. 21 when winter will officially take over at 11:19 p.m.

So what does this mean exactly? Here’s a breakdown of the basics below.

How does the winter solstice affect you?

The winter solstice signifies the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. That means there will only be 9 hours and 19 minutes of daylight come Saturday. 

And after Dec. 21, the length of daylight will increase every day until June 20, 2020 — the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.

Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of the daylight

Sunrise on Dec. 21:  7:25 a.m. in central Pa. 

Sunset on Dec. 21: 4:44 p.m in central Pa.


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