Thousands across the country turned to furry forecasters Tuesday morning who offered mixed predictions for the end of winter.
According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter.
At 7 a.m., Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring.
Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the best-known weather predicting whistle dog, woke around 7:45 a.m. and also didn’t see his shadow.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Wiarton Willie emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, predicting another six weeks of winter.
Sadly, this year’s festivities in Manitoba were canceled due to the death of Winnipeg Willow, who died last Friday at the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Last year, Canada’s furry forecasters didn’t agree on their predictions either.
Sam and Phil emerged from their burrows and both saw their shadows, predicting a longer winter. However, Willie didn’t see his shadow, forecasting an early spring.
Regardless of who saw their shadow Tuesday, a typical Canadian winter usually doesn’t end until after March 16th.