Groundhog Day remains a popular tradition in the United States and Canada, and in Pennsylvania a crowd gathered to await sunrise and the groundhog’s exit from his winter den. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, he considers it an omen of six more weeks of bad weather, gets scared and returns to his den. However, if the groundhog does not see his shadow, it is a sign that a early spring is imminent. When that is the case, Phil stays aboveground.
Saturday morning’s festivities began at 6 a.m. with music on the stage in the city that calls itself the “Weather Capital of the World.” Strains of “Long Tall Sally” and “Dance to the Music” led off the program, followed by a mixture of bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll standards, and even a barbershop quartet.
In front of 18,000 fans, Phil saw his shadow in 2018, marking the second straight year the rodent predicted six more weeks of winter.