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Groundhog Day, Super Bowl coincide

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Many hope that Punxsutawney Phil's forecast is the same as it was in 2013 - no shadow, early spring. (Source: MGN photos) Many hope that Punxsutawney Phil's forecast is the same as it was in 2013 - no shadow, early spring. (Source: MGN photos)
Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous of several varmints used to predict the start of spring. (Courtesy of Punxsutawney Groundhog Club) Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous of several varmints used to predict the start of spring. (Courtesy of Punxsutawney Groundhog Club)

(RNN) - The most famous furry weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, Sunday morning, saw his shadow and predicted a longer winter.

Those who suffered from the severe winter were hoping that Phil's forecast is the same as it was in 2013 - no shadow, early spring - but Phil did not comply. Since his prediction started in 1887, Phil has never predicted early spring in consecutive years.

According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.

Later in the day - nearly 12 hours later, to be exact - at 6:30 p.m. EST, another revered winter tradition will kick off, coinciding with Groundhog Day for the first time in its history.

The Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Fortunately for those attending Sunday's events, the Sunday forecast is in their favor - subzero temperatures will not be in attendance. According to several forecasts, including one by the Associated Press, temperatures in the northeast will be seasonable and dry.