Wiarton Willie predicts early spring

Prognosticating groundhog Wiarton Willie on the morning of Feb. 2, 2015. Willie did not see his shadow, meaning an early spring is on its way. (Photo/Twitter/willieofficial)

WIARTON, Ont. – If Ontario’s groundhog is correct, people across Cornwall and SD&G can look forward to an early spring.

Wiarton Willie emerged from his burrow just after 8 a.m. Monday and did not see his shadow.

According to the custom, if the groundhog does not see his shadow on Groundhog Day it means an early spring.

Last year Willie spotted his shadow and Canadians dealt with a brutal winter which stretched into early spring.

The news wasn’t looking good this morning as Canada’s first celebrity groundhog – Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam – came out of his burrow and saw this shadow predicting six more weeks of winter.

South of the border, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania also saw his shadow forecasting winter to drag on.

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