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Published February 03, 2012, 06:18 PM

6 More Weeks of Winter Thanks to Punxsutawney Phil

Every February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil pops out of the ground and predicts if we'll have six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - "As I look at the crowds, 6 more weeks of winter it will be."

Groundhog day is no new holiday to the calendars, its been around for 126 years. There's even a movie about the day, in which Bill Murray is stuck on Groundhog day. Many Grand Forks folks find themselves stuck on the holiday every year, trying to figure out why we let an animal determine the length of winter.

"Just the whole idea of a ground hog seeing its shadow, all depends on whether or not its sunny that day it just doesn't seem right," said Andrew Markiewicz.

Others look forward to the day.

"I've followed my whole life because my birthday is tomorrow. To me, growing up it was always a fun day," said Bob Bartlett.

Here the upper mid-west, a shadow isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota I thought the groundhog seeing his shadow was a good thing that means we ONLY had 6 more weeks of winter," said WDAZ Meterologist, Daryl Ritchison.

But some people are a little weary of Phil because he's only accurate 39% of the time, so the prediction he gave this morning of this snow sticking around could be wrong. There are a few other groundhogs in the running for the top spot, like Staten Island Chuck, who's right 80% of the time.

People say they're counting on Phil this year to bring a warm spring.

"I'm a pig in mud when I think about a short winter. I love the heat, so if there's any hope of a shorter winter, that's good with me," said Bartlett.

Bob's not the only one who's antsy for spring.