Winter officially started at 5:44 a.m. EST Wednesday.
If you don't feel any different, well, that might be because it's been cold for weeks in much of the United States. In fact, it's expected to get warmer for most of the lower 48 Christmas approaches, according to AccuWeather.
Today also marks the shortest day of the year -- the sun will set at 4:50 p.m., according to TimeandDate.com.
Don't count on a white Christmas unless you live in the Rocky Mountains, the northern Midwest or New England. In those regions, it won't get warm enough to melt the snow from earlier this month, according to The Weather Channel.
USA Today reports more snow is expected in the northern Great Plains region and parts of New England, but it'll clear out by the weekend. Meanwhile, mid-Atlantic cities like Philadelphia and New York could see highs around 50 degrees.
The Weather Channel said a blizzard could be possible in the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota. That means it's a good thing the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have already cleared out.
Good morning. It is Dec. 21, 2016, the first day of winter. Accept cold into your life. Embrace it. Worship the cold. Become one with ice.— Your Life Coaches (@LIFECOACHERS) December 21, 2016
Either way, better start getting ready to bundle up.
But at least winter's pretty. Sometimes.