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Does Punxsutawney Phil's Prediction Mean 6 More Weeks of Winter for Central Illinois?

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Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most well-known weather forecaster in this country.

This year was the 131st Groundhog Day prognostication located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The gates opened at 3 a.m. Thursday, and just before 7:30 a.m. local time members of the inner circle relayed that Phil did see his shadow, predicting another 6 weeks of winter. A prediction that has been favored over history as the groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter 85 percent of the time.

Springfield residents don't seem to mind having to wait awhile longer before spring arrives.

"Got to break the sleds out man, go sledding down the slopes just have a good time, take the kids out," Ryan Moss said.

"Hey, it's only 6 weeks! I can handle it! Let's get spring. I'm ready for it. But hello, it's beautiful out so who cares,” Linda Renehan said.

"I don't know, I'm not a big believer in groundhog science," Matt Hurley said.

This winter in central Illinois has been easy on us with above average temperatures and very little in the way of snowfall. According to the National Weather Service, much of the nation is expected to experience above average temperatures for the month of February.

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