By not finding his shadow during a light snow covered day on Sunday, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring.
According to historical records, this was only the 20th time out of 124 in his recorded history (there are 10 years where no record remains) that Phil hasn’t been able to find his shadow.
Each year, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle — a group that organizes the event and cares for groundhog Phil — brought Punxsutawney Phil out of his den in front of a large crowd as cameras beamed his image around the world.
The tradition has been traced back to Candlemas Day in Europe, a celebration that falls on Feb. 2, midway between the start and finigh of the winter season.
With the tradition of Groundhog Day, if Phil were to see his shadow then there would be six more weeks of winter weather; if he does not, then an early spring will happen.
Due to local forecast this week, spring will not be arriving this week with the possibility of accumulation of snow in West Central Arkansas, the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday.