Every February 2, all eyes turn to a small central Pennsylvania borough as winter-weary Northeasterners await weather guidance from the predictive rodent. On Friday morning, Punxsutawney Phil scurried out of his little marmot hole and saw his shadow. This omen indicates a long winter. Great.

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Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and the 2018 winter will be long and cold. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

It’s a 132-year-old tradition that is held every year at the location known as Gobbler’s Knob and conducted by top hat-donning members of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The idea behind is, the groundhog wakes up from hibernation on the 2nd, and if it sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it doesn’t, warmer weather is just around the corner.

So Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and it is going freaking cold again!

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