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Groundhog Day 2021: Did Sun Prairie's Jimmy the Groundhog predict spring, or more winter?

Marshfield News Herald logo Marshfield News Herald 2/2/2021 Tim Langton, Marshfield News-Herald
a man sitting on a bench in front of a window: The 73rd annual Sun Prairie Groundhog Prognostication — normally a large event for the city, attracting hundreds in the early morning hours each Feb. 2 to downtown Sun Prairie — this year moved online because of COVID-19 concerns, and was produced by the Sun Prairie Media Center. Here, Jimmy the Groundhog gets ready to share his prediction with Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. © Screen grab courtesy Tim Langton/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin The 73rd annual Sun Prairie Groundhog Prognostication — normally a large event for the city, attracting hundreds in the early morning hours each Feb. 2 to downtown Sun Prairie — this year moved online because of COVID-19 concerns, and was produced by the Sun Prairie Media Center. Here, Jimmy the Groundhog gets ready to share his prediction with Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

SUN PRAIRIE - If you need a lift after a stressful start to the year, Sun Prairie's prognosticating groundhog is here to help.

Jimmy the Groundhog did not see his shadow during the 73rd annual Sun Prairie Groundhog Prognostication event held at sunrise today, of course meaning Wisconsin is in store for an early spring. Had he seen his shadow, Wisconsin would have been doomed to six more weeks of winter, according to tradition. 

The ceremony — normally a large event for the city, attracting hundreds in the early morning hours each Feb. 2 to downtown Sun Prairie — this year moved online because of COVID-19 concerns, and was produced by the Sun Prairie Media Center. Downtown businesses still offered some Groundhog Day-related deals, including a hand-carved Jimmy the Groundhog ornament from Prairie Flowers and Gifts and a Jimmy Latte from Beans 'n' Cream Coffeehouse. 

Jimmy's prediction will look a bit off this week across Wisconsin. The National Weather Service in Green Bay is predicting a swing toward frigid weather heading into the weekend, with many regions in line to see below-zero temperatures. 

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