Groundhog Day

Famed and furry forecasters of spring are set to make their predictions this morning.

It’s Groundhog Day, and as folklore goes, a groundhog will emerge from its burrow and if it does not see its shadow, then spring is just around the corner, while if it does and retreats, then we can expect six more weeks of winter.

Celebrity groundhog Shubenacadie Sam kicked off Canada’s first prediction shortly after sunrise over Nova Scotia, followed later by Ontario’s Wiarton Willie.

Shubenacadie Sam, Nova Scotia’s most famous groundhog, apparently saw her shadow this morning as she emerged from a snow-covered enclosure at a wildlife park north of Halifax.

Just after 8 am local time, the door to Sam’s pint-sized barn was opened, and she slowly backed out into the cold.

So according to Sam, she is predicting six more weeks of winter.