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Punxsutawney Phil…will he see his shadow?

Groundhog day is one of the best (and weirdest) holidays that is celebrated in North America. The groundhog in question, Punxsutawney Phil, resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Each year, he emerges from his home to search for his shadow to answer a very important question; will winter last for six more weeks, or will spring come early?

The science behind this method of forecasting is...lackluster at best, so I decided to dive a little bit deeper into what our favorite groundhog may see on Tuesday.

The icon denotes where Punxsutawney is located

A large portion of the East Coast is forecasted to see a decent amount of snow as a system pushes through during the early portions of next week. With this system sitting over portions of the upper East Coast, there's a great chance that cloudy skies will be prominent over Punxsutawney on Tuesday.

The cloud cover could possible break in time for Phil to see is shadow

For Phil, this means that, if he catches glimpse of the cloudy skies, he'll predict that spring is arriving early this year. If he happens to see a break in the cloud cover, winter may stick around for another six weeks.

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Maddie Est

Maddie Est appears on ABC 17’s weekend evening broadcasts. She grew up in St. Louis, and her passion for weather originated from a young age thanks to all the different weather that St. Louis receives. She is currently studying Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri.


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