It's Groundhog Day, what will Phil predict?

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?

Anyone originally from a frigid winter state knows all about the fuss over Groundhog Day, the annual February 2 ritual.

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Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole early this morning and spotted the shadow that portends ill weather till mid-March. What does it mean? Here, Punxsutawney Phil relaxes in his cage after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Feb. 2, 2014. "Someone has to nominate you and then you need to be approved by a Groundhog Day committee". The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club don their top hats and tuxedoes and gather at Gobbler's Knob to await the furry forecast.

Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow.

Legend has it that Phil is the only Pennsylvania groundhog to have predicted winter's length, though the lifespan of a groundhog is around just six years.

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The traditions mark Groundhog Day, which is Friday. Of course Phil's prediction is not an official forecast. The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day. Like he has for the past 131 years, Punxsutawney Phil kicked off Groundhog Day by emerging from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at sunrise to determine what kind of weather we'll experience over the next few months.

Locally, the six weeks following Groundhog Day have gotten warmer in Austin and San Antonio by about two degrees on average, according to Climate Central.

The Oklahoma City Zoo holds a Groundhog Day observance every year, but they don't have any groundhogs so they use grizzly bears Will and Wiley. Records show that Punxsutawney Phil actually performs worse than a coin toss when it comes to predicting the end of winter chill.

The four-legged creature only has a 39 percent accuracy, according to Stormfax Almanac's data.

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