There are two ways of looking at Wednesday:
- At nine hours and one minute, it's the least amount of daylight Buffalo will see all year; or
- The winter solstice ends the retreat of daylight that began late last June. And, starting Thursday, there will be more daylight every day between now and June 21.
Of course, it also means the first day of winter.
The winter season will officially start in Buffalo at 5:44 a.m., about two hours before the 7:43 a.m. sunrise.
For the weather, winter's first day will feel even more temperate than the chill and snow-filled last two weeks of autumn in Buffalo.
Partly sunny skies are forecast with a daytime high about normal for the date -- in the mid-30s.
Snow showers are likely by Wednesday night. Overnight lows will drop into the low 30s, according to the National Weather Service.