Good news for Boston, reported by Governor Maura Healey this morning at the official Massachusetts Groundhog Day ceremony. Ms. G did not see her shadow when making her public appearance at around 10 AM in Lincoln, MA.
Traditionally, when a groundhog sees its shadow, it means 6 more weeks of winter lie ahead. When the groundhog does not see its shadow, it means spring is around the corner! Ms. G has been accurate about 60% of the time since her induction as the official state groundhog back in 2008.
The Groundhog Day tradition dates back to February 2, 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Ms. G and Punxsutawney Phil are on disagreement for this year’s weather predictions. He did in fact see his shadow which means at least 6 more weeks of winter.
While predicting New England weather is difficult for seasoned meteorologists in all forms, human or animal, there’s one thing for sure. Massachusetts could see record cold temperatures this Friday and Saturday. Make sure to bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and enjoy a fun indoor activity!