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He saw his shadow! Six more weeks of winter on the way

Six more weeks of winter.

That's the verdict from perhaps the world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow on Monday.

The tradition of using an animal emerging from his hole to forecast the change in seasons dates back centuries. Phil has become the modern icon of the practice, though.

His forecast comes as Chicago starts digging out from one of the five largest snowstorms in the city's history, and as Boston continues clearing snow from last week's historic blizzard.

New York City was also snarled Monday by a mix of snow and sleet from an overnight storm.

Proper meteorologists, however, tend to disagree with the groundhog's skills in the matter.