Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania's famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief.

And Punxsutawney Phil delivered good news on Groundhog Day morning, failing to see his shadow and thus predicting an early spring is on its way, according to local lore.

Phil's annual prediction draws thousands of revelers to the town of Punxsutawney, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, every year. Onlookers were bundled up Saturday to chant Phil's name so he would emerge from his hole in a tree stump.

Cheers erupted when the early spring prediction was announced, with one of Phil's handlers advising the crowd to invest in swimsuits.

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New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor BILL DE BLASIO recoils as Staten Island Chuck breaks free and drops to the stage during the 2014 Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter. © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Daily News front page dated February 3, 2009, Headline: BEAST THAT BIT THE MAYOR, S.I. Chuck's Groundhog Day Story, Mayor Bloomberg (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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