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:
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.