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Groundhog Day 2014 is upon us at last, ladies and gentlemen.

Thousands braved winter weather conditions last night and this morning to be there in the Weather Capitol of the World, a.k.a. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

The occasion? That magical moment when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from Gobbler's Knob, and with the help of his handlers, answers the million-dollar question:

Punxsutawney Phil Photograph

Will we have to endure six more weeks of snow, wind, ice cold before spring arrives? Or will our reprieve come sooner? Only Phil and his shadow can say with clarity.

And he has done so, just moments ago. The verdict:

SHADOW! Winter will continue!

Punxsutawney Phil, who emerged from his burrow moments ago to find conditions just bright enough to spot a shadow in Western Pa., has officially spoken.

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Punxsutawney Phil. The man, the myth, the Groundhog Day legend is set to make his annual prediction early Sunday morning, LIVE from the Keystone State.

What will he see?!

Will there be a shadow sighting, thus signaling six more weeks of winter? Will overcast skies foretell spring coming early to a nation reeling from the Polar Vortex?

Only Phil knows.

Punxsutawney Phil Photo

February 2 is Groundhog Day, of course, when the affable rodent that gives the holiday its name emerges from his Gobbler's Knob residence and sees his shadow.

Either that or he doesn't. A lot rides on this weather prediction, too.

If there's a Phil shadow sighting at daybreak Sunday, six more weeks of winter will be upon us, America. If there's no shadow, though? Early spring baby!

In the past 116 years, Punxsutawney Phil has foreseen the coming of "early spring" a mere 16 times, not surprising since he lives in Western Pennsylvania.

One of those times was last year, when he projected an early spring, only to see record snowfall totals fall on much of the U.S. not even a week later.

Punxsutawney Phil actually got sued as a result of this by one Ohio county, although the case never made it to litigation once his handler took thr blame.

It's a cautionary tale, however, as even the best have an off year.

The current forecast for Sunday a.m.: Wintry mix. You never know. All we can do is sit back, relive some of the best Groundhog Day quotes and vote:

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Bill Deeley, the President of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle and Punxsutawney Phil's chief handler, is taking the blame on this one.

The beloved Pennsylvania rodent rightly predicted six more weeks of winter last month, but Deeley says he incorrectly interpreted Phil's "groundhog-ese."

As a result, the Ohio prosecutor who light-heartedly indicted Punxsutawney Phil for his botched early spring prediction is now considering a pardon.

Phil, Bill

"I'm the guy that did it; I'll be the fall guy. It's not Phil's fault," Deeley said in Phil's defense.

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Beaten down by months of snow, wind and cold, an Ohio county has issued an "indictment" against Punxsutawney Phil over his Groundhog Day prediction.

Phil did not see his shadow February 2, signaling spring's imminent arrival.

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Six days later, Winter Storm Nemo dumped 30 inches of snow on New England. Six weeks later, temperatures across the Northern U.S. remain frigid.

Birds chirping? Flowers blooming? No sign of those anywhere.

As a result, (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek Butler County, Oh., prosecutors are demanding justice, claiming Phil deliberately misled the American people.

They say such a felony should be punished by death.

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Groundhog Day 2013 is upon us.

Tens of thousands braved temperatures in the single digits last night and this morning in the Weather Capitol of the World, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney Phil Photo

The occasion? That magical moment when Punxsutawney Phil rises from Gobbler's Knob, accompanied by his tuxedo-clad handlers, to predict winter’s duration?

Will it be six more weeks of snow, wind and cold before the respite of spring? Will a reprieve come sooner? Only Phil and his shadow can say for sure.

And he has, just moments ago: NO SHADOW!

"Not a shadow to be found. Spring is sprung. RIP Winter! #earlyspring!" That's according to Phil's official Twitter (gotta love modern technology)!

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Will there be six more weeks of winter after tomorrow morning? Or will spring come early to a nation reeling from wild weather swings in January?

Only Punxsutawney Phil knows the answer.

Groundhog Day Photo

February 2 is Groundhog Day, of course, when the affable, titular rodent emerges from his Gobbler's Knob home and sees his shadow ... or doesn't!

If there's a shadow sighting by Phil at daybreak Saturday, six more weeks of winter will be upon us. But if there's no shadow, early spring baby!

In the past 115 years, Punxsutawney Phil has foreseen the coming of "early spring" a mere 15 times, not surprising since he lives in Western Pennsylvania.

However, the forecast for tonight is overcast with a chance of snow, so here's hoping!

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UPDATE, 2/2/13: The Groundhog Day prediction is in: NO SHADOW!

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, the myth, the legend, emerged from Gobbler's Knob this morning and saw his shadow, thus decreeing six more weeks of winter.

Of course, given the unseasonably warm temperatures and a lack of snow this winter throughout most of the northern U.S., maybe that's not the worst thing.

In any case, the central Pennsylvania celebrity made his annual weather forecast at daybreak Thursday before an overflow crowd of over 15,000 supporters.

Given reports of showers in the area, there were doubts going into this morning over whether there would be a shadow sighting, but evidently there was. Phil don't lie.

Punxsutawney Phil

"Many shadows do I see: six more weeks of winter it must be," Phil said, according to the Washington Post, CNN, USA Today and local news reports.

According to legend and Groundhog Day folklore, Phil’s sighting of his own shadow on February 2 means there will be six more weeks of winter ahead of us.

Had Phil not it, it would have meant there will be an early spring.

Since the Groundhog’s first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 99 times and failed to spot it just 16 times. There are 9 missing years in the record.

The official website of Punxsutawney Phil, perhaps not the most impartial source, claims the Groundhog has issued a correct forecast 100% of the time.

AccuWeather’s grade for the affable rodent’s weather prognostication skills is slightly lower than perfect, but still quite respectable at around 80 percent.

So bundle up ... or not. Gotta love climate change.

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