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Punxsutawney Phil's Prediction Raises Hope in Some and Skepticism in Others
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on February 04, 2013 @ 12:21PM
Created on February 02, 2013 @ 10:58PM
 
Good news for folks who are tired of the harsh winter temperatures. The world's most famous meteorologist is predicting an early spring this year. 5 News found out why some people in our area are hoping the groundhog was right and all this snow will soon go away.
 
With more ice and snow on the way, roads are treacherous in our area. Perhaps some folks can take relief in knowing that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow and is predicting an early spring.
 
Despite the cold temperatures, he is boldly predicting an early start to spring. That should provide some relief to folks who are hoping for milder weather, but Phil is only right about 39 percent of the time. Folks we spoke to are not getting their hopes up.
 
"Well I hope it's nothing like what we're getting today and what we got last night in Punxsutawney. A couple of friends of mine were looking at the stats on Punxsutawney Phil and while they say he's right 100 percent of the time that's absolutely not true. So I don't really put much faith in it. It was just cool to go see," said WVU senior Dave Carl, who attended the Groundhog Day events in Punxsutawney.
 
Others were a little more optimistic about it. Even if they didn't believe it, they were hopeful.
 
"The past couple of weeks it's been very cold. Obviously last week it got down to about 10 degrees. Last night it was nine degrees while we were downtown. [There] is supposed to be a Winter Advisory Warning for the next day or two, but the fact that there is a chance for an early spring really puts a smile on everybody's faces," WVU student Joseph Cooper told 5 News.
 
This was the 117th time Phil has made a prediction, but only the 16th time he has predicted an early spring.  Folks in our area can all agree that an early spring would be a change for the better.

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