Wiarton, Ont. -
Canada's most famous weather prognosticating rodent has disappointing news for those who've had enough of winter.
Wiarton Willie is predicting six more weeks of winter, having seen his shadow when roused from his slumber today.
Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he'll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter - if he doesn't, it means an early spring.
The origins of the tradition aren't clear, but it's likely related to the fact that Groundhog Day falls midway between the start of winter and the beginning of spring.
Earlier today, both Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania also saw their shadows, heralding six more weeks of winter.