February 2, 2018 8:21 am
Updated: February 2, 2018 1:33 pm

How soon is spring? Canadian groundhogs make annual predictions

WATCH ABOVE Nova Scotia's famous weather-predicting rodent, "Shubenacadie Sam," appeared from his den Friday to make his Groundhog Day prediction

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Canadians could be in for an early spring after one of the country’s best-known groundhogs failed to see his shadow.

Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam came out of his pen at 8 a.m. AST and wandered around, a sign he was predicting an early end to winter.

READ MORE: Shadow or no shadow? Shubenacadie Sam set to make his Groundhog Day prediction

Fans looked on and let out loud cheers as Sam, who lives at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, scampered around the snowy grounds on what was the 30th anniversary of his annual weather prediction.

However, in Ontario, Wiarton Willie waddled out of his den at about 8 a.m. ET, and saw his shadow, meaning there could be six more weeks of winter.

WATCH: Ontario’s ‘Wiarton Willie’ reveals his 2018 Groundhog Day prediction

Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil also emerged from his burrow Friday morning only to see his shadow, foreseeing no early end to winter.

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Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he’ll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter.

If he doesn’t, it means spring’s around the corner.

WATCH: Punxsutawney Phil reveals his prediction for Groundhog Day

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