Groundhog Day 2017: Punxsutawney Phil Declares Six More Weeks of Winter

February 2, 2017 Catherine Hecht

Groundhog Day 2017: Meteorologists, Phil predict 6 more weeks of winter lie ahead

Just after sunrise on Thursday, Punxsutawney Phil declared 6 more weeks of winter for the United States – a prognostication AccuWeather meteorologists largely agree with.

Though many Americans are longing for warmer weather, most of the country will be faced with weeks of wintry conditions.

“There will be more rain than snow in the big East Coast cities,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. However, the interior Northeast will have a higher chance for snow as temperatures remain below normal.

“As far as a significant warmup goes across the Northeast, I think you have to hold off til late April or early May,” he said.

The spring season will officially begin on March 20.

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Photo courtesy AccuWeather copyright Keith Srakocic

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