W.Va.’s French Creek Freddie predicts early spring

FRENCH CREEK (AP) — West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie is predicting an early spring.

WCHS-TV reports that Freddie didn’t see his shadow when he came out of his burrow Saturday morning at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County.

That confirms the prediction of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil. Phil didn’t his shadow when he emerged from his lair.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. Legend says if no shadow is seen, spring will come early.

French Creek Freddie has been making his annual prediction since 1978.

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