How soon is spring? Canadian groundhogs to make their annual predictions

Canadians could be in for an early spring after one of the country’s best-known groundhogs failed to see his shadow.

Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam came out of his pen at 8 a.m. AST and wandered around, a sign he was predicting an early end to winter.

Shadow or no shadow? Shubenacadie Sam set to make his Groundhog Day prediction

Fans looked on and let out loud cheers as Sam, who lives at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, scampered around the snowy grounds on what was the 30th anniversary of his annual weather prediction.

In Ontario, a new Wiarton Willie is expected to waddle out of his den at about 8 a.m. ET, if past years are anything to go by.

This year’s groundhog is an “understudy” to the previous Willie, who died last September.

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Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil also emerged from his burrow Friday morning only to see his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he’ll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter.

If he doesn’t, it means spring’s around the corner.

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