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Punxsutawney Prediction: Spring?

Famous groundhog didn't see his shadow



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    PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler Ben Hughes watches Punxsutawney Phil after he did not see his shadow predicting an early spring during the 125th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2011 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 15,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    It's hard to imagine, but according to one insider, spring is on the way.

    Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog of all groundhogs, did not see his shadow this morning. Phil appeared early today with members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania for his annual prediction. This year marks Phil's 125th forecast.

    The crowd at Gobbler's Knob was smaller than usual -- and Chicagoans know why. Groundhog Day events in Woodstock are on hold due to the blizzard. Woodstock Willie will make his prediction Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Pirro's Restaurant in Woodstock, made famous by the movie "Groundhog Day."

    This is the second time that weather has stalled Willie's reading.