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Groundhog Day 2018: How soon is spring?

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Weather watchers will look to the groundhogs this morning for their annual predictions about spring.

Nova Scotia's famed Shubenacadie Sam was the first to waddle out Friday morning. 

Sam said it first — early spring is on the way. The marmot did not see his shadow this morning. 

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

The most famous groundhog in the U.S. — Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil — did see his shadow this year, meaning more winter weather will be on its way. At about 7:18 a.m. ET the rodent greeted a crowd of thousands to make his prediction.

Wyn the woodchuck on its inaugural Groundhog Day. © Jaison Empson/CBC Wyn the woodchuck on its inaugural Groundhog Day.

Ontario's Wiarton Willie emerged from his den at 8:07 a.m. ET to crowds chanting "Wake up Willie!"

The "king of perfect predictions," as officials called him, predicted six more weeks of winter.

This year's albino groundhog was found in a backyard as a replacement for the previous Willie who died last September. 

Winnipeg Wyn will also be be making her prediction at 9:30 a.m. (CST).

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. 

Quiz: What do you know about Groundhog Day?

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

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