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How soon is spring? Groundhogs set to make their annual predictions

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Feb 2nd, 2018

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Weather watchers will look to the groundhogs this morning for their annual predictions about spring.

Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam will be let out of his pen at about 8 a.m. local time.

Sam, who lives at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, can be watched live at the Nova Scotia Webcams site leading up to his annual Groundhog Day appearance.

In Ontario, a new Wiarton Willie is expected to waddle out of his den at about 8 a.m. ET, if past years are anything to go by.

This year’s groundhog is an “understudy” to the previous Willie, who died last September.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he’ll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter.

If he doesn’t, it means spring’s around the corner.

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