Although much of North America has already had a taste of winter like weather the official start to winter was today at 1:08 am EST. Here in Minnesota we already have 6" or more of snow on the ground, we have seen sub zero temps and wind chills in the -10 range and below. Today is also the shortest day of the year.The sun typically begins to set here between 4:00 to 4:30pm. This makes it really hard to get out and take pics when you have a full time job. The official end to winter will be March 20, 2008 at 0:48AM EST. It looks like this winter will be a long 3 months.