More winter or early spring? Groundhog Day results in

Wiarton Willie, the prognosticating groundhog, in his pen in Wiarton, Ont. (@willieofficial/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

WIARTON, Ont. – Canada’s two groundhogs are not in agreement on when spring will arrive.

In Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam saw her shadow this morning and went back into her burrow (yes, Sam is a female groundhog). Tradition suggests that means six more weeks of winter.

But in Ontario, Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow, declaring an early spring.

South of the border in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob and saw his shadow, suggesting six more weeks of winter.

That’s two rodents foretelling more winter, one for early spring.

The fun tradition actually has no bearing on the weather – today is a little more than six weeks away from the first day of spring (March 20).