Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring in annual Groundhog Day tradition

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JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (WCJB)--
It's a prediction so rare it has only happened 19 times in the 133-year history of Groundhog Day: spring will come early.

“Every February 2nd, we look forward to celebrating this beloved Pennsylvania tradition with the rest of the world,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “Groundhog Day is something you can only find in our commonwealth, and we’re honored to share Phil’s prediction with visitors, residents, and the millions of families watching from their homes.”

For those not familiar with the holiday (because, you know, Florida), the holiday declares that if the groundhog emerges from his hole and sees his shadow then we will have six more weeks of winter.

But in some cases the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, signaling an early spring.

The event in Pennsylvania attracts nearly 30,000 visitors every year.

“Even in the 133rd year, sharing Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication with the world never ceases to amaze me,” said Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Bill Deeley. “I think it’s safe to say our favorite furry weather forecaster has a special place in the nation’s heart.”