Jimmy the Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter, Punxutawny Phil disagrees

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — According to the legend, if a groundhog sees its shadow there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it doesn’t see its shadow, there will be an early spring. On Sunday, two groundhogs made different predictions.

At the annual Groundhog’s Day celebration in Sun Prairie, Jimmy the Groundhog saw his shadow, which means there will be six more weeks of winter weather before spring weather comes in.

“I think he’s accurate. I’ve seen some years where he tries to pander to the crowd with an early spring,” Elizabeth Behnke said.

While Jimmy predicted a longer stretch of winter weather, Punxutawny Phil predicted an early spring for the second year in a row. It’s the first time the Pennsylvania-based groundhog has made two consecutive early-spring predictions.

Regardless of the predictions, Groundhog’s Day marks the mid-point of winter.