Westchester Winter Extended, Ground Hog 'Phil' Predicts

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A heavy fog hung over Westchester County (Greenburgh's Mount Hope Cemetery) Sunday morning. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter. Photo Credit: VistaPA.com

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Westchester residents woke to fog and  unseasonably warm temperatures on Groundhog's Day morning while "Punxsutawney Phil" saw his shadow in Pennsylvania Sunday, Feb. 2 predicting six more weeks of winter.

"Phil" did not make a Super Bowl weather prediction, but the National Weather Service is forecasting game time temperatures of near 40 degrees for the game in nearby East Rutherford, New Jersey with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.

According to the National Weather service, Westchester will see an extension of an already wintry winter with more snow (2-4 inches) predicted by the National Weather Service for Monday, Feb. 3.

When the Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler's Knob.

Punxsutawney, the Pennsylvania town that is home to "Phil", has been carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day since the 1800s, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Ever since the tradition began in 1887, Phil (and his ancestors) have seen their shadows 100 times, while predicting an early spring only 16 times. There was no record for nine of the years.

New York's "Staten Island Chuck" appeared shortly after "Phil" and agreed with his Pennsylvania relative.

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nubia.zazzini.1:

Westchester county building close tomorrow?

GreenburghDad:

It's a groundhog..... .......not a meteorologist,,,,,a groundhog

pixie39:

I think its time to fill him up with some lead!

Joeagosta:

Ok that's it! Is there a hunting season for groundhog? I have been tired of winter since December 22 and am going to get that varmint!

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