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Punxsutawney Phil has competitors: Chuck and Jimmy (+video)

Punxsutawney Phil no longer has a Groundhog Day forecasting monopoly. What do Buckeye Chuck, Staten Island Chuck, and Jimmy the Groundhog say about winter?

By StaffAssociated Press / February 3, 2014


Marion, Ohio and Sun Prairie, Wisc.

Ohio's weather forecasting groundhog Buckeye Chuck says spring will be here soon.

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Amid a steady snowfall Sunday morning, Buckeye Chuck predicted the end of winter after he did not see his shadow.

According to The Marion Star, Paul James with WMRN radio says Buckeye Chuck is right "about 70 percent of the time."

Pennsylvania's better-known Punxsutawney Phil disagreed with Chuck's forecast. He saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter.

More than 150 attended the Marion Groundhog Day ceremony in north-central Ohio.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

Meanwhile, in Sun Prairie, Wisc. Jimmy the Groundhog agrees with his Pennsylvania cousin: Jimmy saw his shadow Sunday. And, according to legend, that means that there will be six more weeks of winter.

Sun Prairie Mayor John Murray delivered the news at the annual Groundhog Day event. And State Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, read a proclamation of Groundhog Day from Gov. Scott Walker.

And in Staten Island, N.Y., "Staten Island Chuck" also predicted six more weeks of winter,

As of Monday, it looks like Phil, Staten Island Chuck, and Jimmy got it right.

All public schools in the School District of Philadelphia are closed Monday due to the winter storm expected to bring a mixture of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow to much of the commonwealth.

A day after Punxsutawney Phil forecast six more weeks of winter, forecasters expect 4 to 8 inches for parts of southeastern Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, 5 to 8 inches in central Pennsylvania, and 6 to 9 inches in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Nonessential employees under the governor's jurisdiction in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Reading are being allowed to report up to three hours after their normal starting time.

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