Shubenacadie Sam predicts 6 more weeks of winter

People in Nova Scotia are in for six more weeks of winter, according to the prognosticating rodent Shubenacadie Sam.

Nova Scotia's most famous groundhog tells the world we're in for more winter weather

Shubenacadie Sam looks out from his den at the wildlife park in Shubenacadie, N.S. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. He's expected to make the call on winter at 8 a.m. AT. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

People in Nova Scotia are in for six more weeks of winter, according to the prognosticating rodent Shubenacadie Sam.

Shubenacadie Sam came out of his burrow promptly at eight o'clock, and did indeed see his shadow

If the groundhog sees his shadow, folklore says winter will last six more weeks.

If not, people could be in for an early spring.

According to the Nova Scotia Webcams website, Sam's handlers tempted him to rouse from his hibernation with what they say are his favourite foods — broccoli and melon.

"Given the weather forecast and the amount of snow currently on the ground, Sam's prediction likely isn't a surprise to most Nova Scotians," said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill.

"I'd like to thank Sam and all the staff at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for the preparation they put into Groundhog Day and for such a fun morning of activities."

Nova Scotia's time zone means Sam's prediction is the first in North America.

A large crowd gathered this morning at the park to participate in the Groundhog Day festivities.

With files from The Canadian Press

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