Groundhog Sees Shadow As Snow Returns To Forecast For Wilton

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Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Sunday, Groundhog Day, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Sunday, Groundhog Day, predicting six more weeks of winter. Photo Credit:

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- On Sunday morning, Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Pennsylvania as did Connecticut's Chuckles in Manchester, predicting six more weeks of winter. And Fairfield County residents may be experiencing some of that winter weather as soon as tonight.  

The National Weather Service says there is a chance of showers after 3 p.m., with a high of 48 degrees. But tonight could bring snow and sleet as temperatures fall into the 20s across Fairfield County. 

Snow is likely Monday, mainly between 8 a.m. and noon, with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible, the National Weather Service said.

More snow and sleet is likely by 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, with snow and freezing rain likely throughout Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, a town that has been carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day since 1887, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Ever since the tradition began, Phil (and his ancestors) have seen their shadows 100 times, while predicting an early spring only 16 times. There was no record for nine of the years.

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Beautiful story, Broad River, from a woman whose only claim is being a WASP.

Most WASP's can find roots in the DAR.

I'm sure you have a back story.
This isn't my story. I'd doubt I'd have made it as a young immigrant.
I'm just the proud adopted son of one of her daughters. At best I'm riding on coattails here lol. Thanks for liking the story, I always did. I think especially because of her uncontrolled giggle when she told it.

He looks like the one I ran over on the Merritt. No more winter for him...

Huge shadow though.

As a young Russian immigrant girl of 12. My grandmother would laugh as scores of city people would come out to the farm to see the groundhog.

The would sell the all sorts of home baked goods, wooden spoons, embroidered aprons and of course home made beverages. The men would move off and drink from a mason jug as the women traded baking secrets, sewing tips etc.

When she lived here and well into her 80's, she would still laugh and giggle over those city jerks that would buy anything, even things they were throwing away. She said that my grandfather (then just a 17 year old Czech immigrant ) would go to town and buy seed. With that money.

When they moved here they bought a 3 family house near Beardsley Park and a Package store up in Shelton. He was 30, she was 25.

So Thanks Punxsutawney Phil !

I wish I had her recipes. She would be 125 this month