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Phil sees his shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (KWWL) --  Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole this morning and he saw his shadow.

German tradition says if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2, which is the Christian holiday of Candlemas, then winter will last another six weeks.

If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil's forecast at dawn on Gobbler's Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Groundhog Club says since 1887 Phil has predicted more winter weather by seeing his shadow nearly 100 times, but there are no records for nine years.

 

Online Producer-Chris Becker

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