(NECN/ABC) - Thousands of people gathered on Tuesday morning in western Pennsylvania to see the world famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Phil with his handlers present, predicted another six weeks of winter.
German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter will last another six weeks.
If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.
The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil's forecast at dawn on Gobbler's Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
The National Weather Service has forecast 15-degree temperatures and overcast skies for the announcement.
Parts of this report came directly from the Associated Press.