Wiarton Willie

WIARTON, Ont. — Ontario's famed groundhog Wiarton Willie says it'll be an early spring.

The furry forecaster didn't see its shadow Monday morning, which according to folklore means winter is on its way out sooner than later.

"Soon the shovels and snow will disappear," town crier MacGregor Tannahill said as cheers rang out from the crowd gathered in Wiarton, Ont., where the windchill made it feel close to -30 C.

The lesser-known Winnipeg Willow also failed to see its shadow.

But not all the weather-predicting rodents agree. Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania saw their shadows, forecasting six more weeks of winter.

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