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'Dead' Potomac Phil predicts months of D.C. gridlock

Thursday - 2/2/2012, 10:22am  ET

Potomac Phil (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
A real groundhog couldn't be found to make D.C.'s prediction. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Potomac Phil's prediction

WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

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WASHINGTON - Potomac Phil, in his first prognostication ever, agreed with Punxsutawney Phil. Both predicted six more weeks of winter.

Potomac Phil, a stuffed groundhog, made the prediction after seeing his shadow at Dupont Circle.

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans conferred with the rodent before making the announcement.

"It looks like there are a lot of shadows out here folks. Six more weeks of winter and nine more months of gridlock in the Congress," Evans said.

About 150 people attended Potomac Phil's proclamation.

D.C. has proclaimed Thursday D.C. Groundhog Day.

The forecast for Thursday calls for temperatures in the mid 50s. Highs Friday will be in the low 50s.

Saturday and Sunday will both be near 50 with a mix of sun and clouds.

For the complete forecast, visit WTOP's Weather page.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein adds a little color from Dupont Circle. Here are some of his tweets.

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