We can expect six more weeks of winter, according to Balzac Billy the Alberta prognosticator.
The groundhog didn’t see his shadow when he “awoke” from hibernation Thursday morning in Airdrie. As the legend goes that means we won’t see spring for nearly two months.
If you’re not convinced with the rodent’s prediction, Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada Dave Phillips tells Mix News weather models are showing he may be correct.
“We think it will be a little colder than normal in February. Now when we look at the picture longer, if we took February, March and April combined together, we see it being more normal temperatures.”
He adds we can also expect more precipitation.
“So that’s going to be good news to people up in Fort McMurray. You’ve had a lot more precipitation than you had by this time last year and we know where that came.”
Meanwhile, Billy’s prediction differs from two other famous Canadian Groundhogs. Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie both predicted an early spring.