SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - February 2nd is Groundhog Day. The day that Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow in Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
If Phil sees his shadow he goes back into his burrow and we are supposed to have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow he comes out of his hole signifying an early spring.
Groundhog Day began as a German Pennsylvania custom in the 18th and 19 centuries but has its origins in ancient Europe.
People supposedly watched hedgehogs or badgers to see if they saw their shadows on Candlemas Day, celebrated each February 2nd.
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day on February 2, 1887.
Last year Phil predicted and early spring and that didn’t quite work out. A week later New England was hit by a blizzard and Phil took a lot of heat for his prediction.
Most people 22News talked to think this winter will go on.
“I think it’s going to be a longer winter. I don’t think it’s gonna end soon,” said John Holland of Springfield.
“Oh I definitely, with what’s been going on. Oh, yeah unfortunately for us six more weeks,” Andrea Morissette of East Longmeadow.
“I hope we have a short winter hoping he doesn’t see his shadow,” said D.J. Holland of Springfield.
The Groundhog’s accuracy rate is right around 39%.
On Sunday rain and snow is forecasted for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania so there’s a chance that Phil might not see his shadow. You can also take our Groundhog Day Quiz.