Hope the groundhog sees her shadow (and Phil does too) — It’s 6 more weeks of winter

Mike Wolanin | The Republic Beth White, with UTOPIA Wildlife Rehabilitators, reacts as Hope United Methodist Pastor Ed Cottrell reads the groundhog Hope’s prediction during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony in Hope, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Hope saw her shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

HOPE — Hope the groundhog didn’t have the news we wanted to hear Thursday morning, squinting in the sun to proclaim six more weeks of winter during her big moment at Groundhog Day ceremonies this morning in Hope.

And in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the Gobbler’s Knob prediction from Phil the groundhog was also six more weeks of winter.

For more photos and the play-by-play in Hope, see Friday’s Republic.

Mike Wolanin | The Republic
Beth White, with UTOPIA Wildlife Rehabilitators, holds Hope the groundhog as she predicts if it will be an early Spring or six more weeks of winter during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony in Hope, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Hope saw her shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.