It’s Groundhog Day, again |

It’s Groundhog Day, again

Keep out your umbrella and snow boots. Well, at least for another six weeks.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter shortly after sunrise Wednesday in Pennsylvania. To some, another six weeks of winter sounds great, but others think that Phil is once again giving the wrong predictions.

“I think it is great that the little guy saw his shadow,” said Monica Bandows, Heavenly Ski Resort’s director of communications. “It’s going to be one of the best springs.”

Six more weeks of winter “will bring some nice snowstorms and a beautiful spring,” added Judy Crawford, city of South Lake Tahoe’s recreation superintendent.

Although the Tahoe weather has been recently filled with cold foggy days, some think that there will be a drastic change in the weather soon and that Phil’s shadow has nothing to do with when winter will end.

“I don’t believe that,” said Walt Schild from the county’s street maintenance. “Bring out your lounge chairs and suntan oil because after the fog leaves it’s going to be brutal.”

“I haven’t given (Groundhog Day) much thought, but it would be nice if spring came early so that we could get some projects under way,” said Laura Featherstone of Caltrans.

After the 111 years of the groundhog festivals, about 12,000 people gathered on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney to watch Phil predict the winter forecast. It was the 90th time that a longer winter has been predicted.

Outside in Punxsutawney there were 11-degree temperatures and cold winds blowing over freshly fallen snow, which could help anyone see that winter was planning on staying for a while.

Lake Tahoe’s temperatures may not hit as low as the East Coast but snow is in the forecast.

“There will be a chance of snow showers at 6,500 feet (Thursday) afternoon and the snow level will drop to the valley floor (Thursday) night,” said Mark Brown, meteorologist for Reno’s National Weather Service bureau. “The lake will have snow showers through Saturday and start drying out on Sunday and Monday.”

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