Behold, six more weeks of winter! On Friday morning, Punxsutawney Phil scurried out of his little woodchuck hole and saw his shadow! This omen indicates a long winter! Every February 2nd, all eyes turn to a small central Pennsylvania borough as winter-weary northerners await weather guidance from the predictive rodent.
Blue Moon last week during milder weather, now a snowstorm is expected to fall on the Walkerton area through Sunday. - Photo by Anita Shipley
It's a 132-year-old tradition that is held every year at the location known as "Gobbler's Knob," and conducted by top hat-donning members of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, according to the official Pennsylvania tourism website. The idea is, the groundhog wakes up from hibernation on the 2nd, and if it sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it doesn't, warmer weather is just around the corner. This tradition started in Europe as "Candlemas Day," an early Christian holiday involving candles. Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the custom to America.
Today, the high in Walkerton was 14 degrees, with evening snow showers until Sunday. Monday temps will warm up to 27 degrees!