Pa. groundhog sees spring; Ga. counterpart sees cold

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Furry little Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, predicting an early spring at his annual appearance out of Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania.

  However, Georgia's groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, has spotted his shadow — indicating we're in for a longer winter.

Lee woke to the ringing of an antique bell Saturday and waddled out of his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn. Ranch employee Mary Jackson says about 600 onlookers braved a frigid morning to await his Groundhog Day prediction.

Gen. Lee's handlers say he's been proven right about 94 percent of the time.

Gen. Lee's forecast for more chilly weather puts him at odds with his weather-predicting counterpart to the North — Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.

 

Legend has it that if the   groundhog   sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. No shadow means an early spring.

 

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