Nova Scotia

Shubie Sam says no more winter

Nova Scotia's best-known woodchuck has signalled an early spring.

Nova Scotia's best-known woodchuck has signalled an early spring.

Shubenacadie Sam emerged from his heated home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park outside Halifax and failed to see his shadow.

According to Groundhog Day legend, there will be six more weeks of winter if a groundhog (also called a woodchuck) emerges from its burrow on Feb. 2 and casts a shadow. No shadow indicates an early spring.

The news comes as Nova Scotians continue to shovel out from Wednesday's blizzard, which dumped 19 centimetres of snow in Yarmouth, about 30 in Halifax and 35 in Sydney.

The winter has been quite mild, however. Many snowplow operators find themselves busy for the first time. Even the Northumberland Strait is ice-free.

In Wiarton, Ont., Wiarton Willie also indicated spring was near.

But south of the border, Punxsutawney Phil delivered some unwelcome news. The large crowd gathered in Gobbler's Knob, Penn., groaned loudly after learning the chunky critter saw his shadow.