Punxsutawney Phil Declares An Early Spring

By , Meteorologist
February 3, 2013; 8:48 AM ET
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Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob early Saturday morning, Feb. 2, 2013, and did not see his shadow. His prognostication is that there will be an early spring.

AccuWeather long-range meteorologists agree that spring may arrive early for the Plains, where the core of warmth is expected to set up. This spring may rank as one of top-ten warmest on record for the U.S., AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 126th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter weather. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

However, Pastelok predicts that winter will last another six weeks in the Northeast and Northwest.

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AccuWeather's Spring 2013 Forecast

"I think we could still see some late-season winter storms [in the Northeast]," Pastelok said.

A couple of winter storms may impact the Northeast during February and March. The potential exists for snow along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston.

AccuWeather's Spring 2013 Forecast

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