Groundhog Day is this Friday, the day when groundhogs across the nation predict whether spring will arrive early or there’s six more weeks of winter. The main groundhog who makes this prognostication is Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If Phil sees his shadow, then that means there’s six more weeks of winter. Now if he doesn’t see his shadow, then that means spring is coming. Based on the past, the large majority of the time Phil saw his shadow, meaning that winter will continue for another month and a half.

This year, a cold front is forecast to move through Thursday night, ushering in colder and drier air in time for when Phil makes his prognostication at around sunrise. According to our forecast, skies will be mostly cloudy with some breaks of sunshine. Therefore, even though there is only the chance for sunshine, we think Phil will see his shadow, meaning that there will be six more weeks of winter.


Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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