Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

KSDK - Punxsutawney Phil broke all of our hearts and saw his shadow early Sunday morning at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania. That mean six more weeks of a winter plagued with terms like "arctic blasts" and "polar vortexes."

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.


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