Groundhog Day, Snowpocalypse Edition: Not Likely to See the Shadow, Under All That Sleet

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Does Phil feel lucky?

Via Reuters

Because the massive snowstorm set to hit the East Coast will blot out the sun.

Punxsutawney, Penn., is home to the world-famous Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that plays annual meteorologist in predicting whether we’ll see an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Judging by the way things are going this year – with a blizzard tsunami ready to strike downtown Chicago – NewsFeed wouldn’t be surprised to see six more months of winter.

(Amazing Photos: The fine science of the snowflake)

But the forecast for Punxsutawney calls for as much as seven inches of snow and a possible mix of sleet and freezing rain overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

So, our forecast for Phil’s forecast: no shadow, meaning early spring!

(Read TIME’s Q&A with a groundhog handler, who lives with his groundhog.)

Despite the ugly winter weather warning, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle’s spokesman says Phil will make his appearance regardless, which marks the 125th anniversary for the “Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators.” Which leads NewsFeed to think that we’ve cracked the code: Hope for Groundhog Day blizzards, to eliminate any and all possibilities of shadows.

Whatever happens Wednesday, it gives us an excuse to run this clip of Bill Murray.

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