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UPDATE: Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 2, 2017 7:39 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Punxsutawney) -- Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the groundhog's forecast at sunrise, around 7:21 a.m. today

The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on February 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. 

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times -- including last year. There are no records for the remaining years.

*Here's an earlier version of this story*

(Punxsutawney) -- The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog whether the rodent will predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. That's about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times -- including last year. There are no records for the remaining years.

Watch the big moment here.

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