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Punxsutawney Phil plans snowy 125th anniversary

Punxsutawney Phil: The National Weather Service is calling for as much as seven inches of snow in Punxsutawney, followed by a possible mix of sleet and freezing rain overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

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In this Feb. 2, 2010 file photo Punxsutawney Phil (r.) is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., to see his shadow and forecast six more weeks of winter weather.

A day before Punxsutawney Phil gives his annual Groundhog Day weather forecast, his handlers say the show will go on despite a winter weather warning.

The National Weather Service is calling for as much as seven inches of snow in Punxsutawney, followed by a possible mix of sleet and freezing rain overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning when Phil "forecasts" either an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle's spokesman Luke Webber says nothing will prevent Phil from celebrating a milestone since his first appearance in 1887.

Webber says Wednesday "is our 125th anniversary of Punxsutawney Phil, and his fans will come out. The hotels are well-booked."

Several thousand people are expected for the daybreak celebration about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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