You’ve been Punxed: Phil sees shadow

Posted: February 02, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow - or rather the Inner Circle saw it - predicting six more weeks of winter.

The crowd booed under cloudy skies, hoping for an early spring.

Giving the unseasonably high temperatures we've seen - and a lack of snow in the forecast for the next 10 days - it all makes about as much sense as Jenny Craig at Wing Bowl.

Phil was rousted about 7:25 a.m., with up to 18,000 people gathered around Gobbler's Knob in the town an hour northeast of Pittsburgh.

Even Gov. Corbett was there.

Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, winter will hang around for another six weeks. If not, spring is on its way.

As for other predictions, the National Weather Service forecasts that temperatures for February will average slightly above normal, with normal precipitation.

Through early next week, temperatures are expected to barely drop to freezing during any of the nights.

The immediate forecast calls for a slight chance of rain this morning, giving way to partly sunny skies and a high of about 52.

Cooler weather returns with a low of 30 overnight, and a high of 47 on Friday.

Saturday and Sunday look to be about the same with highs in the mid-40s and mostly sunny skies.Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

For more on the forecast, go to http://go.philly.com/weather.

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