When is Groundhog Day and how to people celebrate it?

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on February 2, 2019, so spring is coming early this year. Set 26 years later, where you're playing as Phil Connors' son as he's caught in the same kind of time loop as his dad?

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the USA thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs.

Preparations for Groundhog Day 2019 began back on February 3, 2018 - right after Punxsutawney Phil issued his forecast of six more weeks of winter for that year.

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We can't wait to find out whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this year! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, meaning that spring is on its way.

Despite Phil and other groundhogs' predictions of an early spring, meteorologists said the groundhogs do not have an advantage in predicting the weather during the past few years. If Phil had seen his shadow, some say that means six more weeks of winter.

It's celebrated across North America, but in Punxsutawney they have a much more specific tradition.

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Why is Groundhog Day a thing?

Since hedgehogs aren't native to the United States, another hibernating animal was chosen in their stead: the groundhog.

Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

In Punxsutawney, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper.

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The 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, gave world fame to the groundhog Phil, but he's not the only weather marmot.

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