Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

© ALAN FREED Image: Dancers entertain the crowd on the 133rd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania

Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief.

And Punxsutawney Phil delivered good news on Groundhog Day morning, failing to see his shadow and thus predicting an early spring is on its way, according to local lore.

Phil’s annual prediction draws thousands of revelers to the town of Punxsutawney, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, every year. Onlookers were bundled up Saturday to chant Phil’s name so he would emerge from his hole in a tree stump.

Lisa Gibson, center, and her daughters Josie, left, and AneGiguere of Pittsburgh, arrive early to celebrate the 133rd Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. It is the second Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for the family. © (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Lisa Gibson, center, and her daughters Josie, left, and AneGiguere of Pittsburgh, arrive early to celebrate the 133rd Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. It is the second Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler’s Knob for the family. Cheers erupted when the early spring prediction was announced, with one of Phil’s handlers advising the crowd to invest in swimsuits.


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