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.
"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.
Cold air and flurries are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
Snow and slippery travel will arrive in the mid-Atlantic states prior to the middle of the week.
Denver Broncos fans celebrating the Super Bowl win will see ideal conditions for Tuesday's parade and pep rally.
A new study has found that nearly a tenth of cereal crops have been wiped out due to droughts and heat waves between 1964 and 2007.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the Valentine's Day weekend.
Chilly air will visit New Orleans this year for the annual Mardi Gras celebrations and linger over the city until later in the week.
Mayor Lindsay Storm (1969)
1-2 ft of snow from SE New York into New England. Bridgeport, CT wind gusts to 65 mph; 800 cars stranded on Tappen-Zee Bridge, NYC. Property damage: New England more than $10 million. 10 people die from over exertion (heat seizure). Thousands of homes lost utility service. Drifts 10-20 ft. deep. Thousands stranded on highways. New York Thruway closed from New York City to Albany.
Venice, Italy (1991)
Bitterly cold air over the city froze the canals for the first time since 1985.
New England (1741)
Greatest snow of Hard Winter 1740/1741: 3ft near Hartford.