Will Punxsutawney Phil provide relief?

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA. (February 2, 2015) – As the Northeast suffers from yet more snow, there’s added pressure on a certain furry prognosticator this year.

Groundhog Day falls on Monday. The annual American tradition occurs on February 2 and features Punxsutawney Phil, a Pennsylvania groundhog whose shadow apparently predicts the length of winter.

Legend has it that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter weather. If he doesn’t, there will be an early spring.

Nan Moore, who’s visiting Punxsutawney to witness the prediction, is not placing her hopes on a ball of fur. “He’s going to see his shadow,” she said. “We’re going to get more winter.”

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