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

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

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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