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Astronomical start of winter to arrive with no snow in forecast

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FARGO - You wouldn't know if by looking at the brown ground outside, but the astronomical start of winter arrives tonight.

The winter solstice will occur at 11:30 p.m., marking the shortest daylight period of the year for locations in the northern hemisphere, the National Weather Service says.

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After today, the daylight period will increase each day until reaching its maximum again at the summer solstice in June.

The weather service's seven-day forecast for snowless Fargo calls for high temperatures in the 30s every day except Thursday, when a high near 24 is expected. There's a 20 percent chance of snow showers today, but otherwise no snow in the forecast through Tuesday.

Meteorological winter, which is marked by the three consecutive months with the coldest average temperatures, began on Dec. 1.

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