Punxsutawney Phil: 6 more weeks of winter

Groundhog sees his shadow

Published: Feb 02 2012 09:32:24 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 03 2012 10:41:22 AM EST
Punxsutawney Phil 2012

The groundhog has spoken -- and he says there will be six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil came out of hibernation Feb. 2, as he does every year, to make his prediction.

His handlers, translating for him, said, "Phil proclaimed, 'As I look at the crowd, on Gobbler's Knob, many shadows do I see. Six more weeks of winter it must be.'"

Phil's prediction this year may come as a surprise to many.

That's because much of the United States has been enjoying an unseasonably warm winter.

Regardless of what the groundhog says, spring officially begins March 20.