Groundhog Day 2018: What is Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast?

WASHINGTON — Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob Friday morning to look for his shadow and predict how much longer winter will last.

His forecast: Six more weeks of winter. Watch the 132nd Groundhog Day:

When Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, it’s a sign of an early spring.

Every Feb. 2, Groundhog Day has been celebrated since 1886. See photos of Groundhog Days past:

Sam Light, center, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, points to a sign held by members of the club in Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Jan. 1961.  They posed for the picture a few days before Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, with a stuffed stand-in for Punxsutawney Phil.  (AP Photo)
Sam Light, center, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, points to a sign held by members of the club in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Jan. 1961. They posed for the picture a few days before Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, with a stuffed stand-in for Punxsutawney Phil. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
John Griffiths
Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Phil’s handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter weather. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog from Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., is held high by handler Bill Deeley, center,  after seeing his shadow at 7:27 am Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, and predicting six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog from Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., is held high by handler Bill Deeley, center, after seeing his shadow at 7:27 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, and predicting six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (AP/GENE J. PUSKAR)
Dan McGinley
Groundhog Club inner circle member Dan McGinley, left, visits with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Phil’s handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter weather. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Punxsutawney Phil, Ron Ploucha
Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (AP)
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Sam Light, center, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, points to a sign held by members of the club in Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Jan. 1961.  They posed for the picture a few days before Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, with a stuffed stand-in for Punxsutawney Phil.  (AP Photo)
John Griffiths
Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog from Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., is held high by handler Bill Deeley, center,  after seeing his shadow at 7:27 am Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, and predicting six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Dan McGinley
Punxsutawney Phil, Ron Ploucha


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