Ready for spring? Support your local groundhog

Woodstock Willie on February 2, 2012

February 3, 2012 4:51:26 AM PST
Six more weeks of winter. Or not. Depending on which groundhog you want to believe -- Punxsutawney Phil or Woodstock Willie.

If you believe Punxsutawny Phil, you're in for a long winter. But if you side with Willie in Woodstock, Illinois, spring is just around the corner.

Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow when he was removed by handlers from his cozy home in Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania, on Thursday morning. That means six more weeks of winter is in store.

However, closer to home , groundhog Woodstock Willie did not see his shadow, which means spring is on its way. The quaint Illinois town has been celebrating Groundhog's Day all week. In 1982, the movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed there, and this evening there will be a free showing of the movie at 5 p.m. in the Woodstock Square (at Main and Cass) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film.

Whatever the weather, spring officially starts on March 20.