Groundhog Day 2017: Six more weeks of winter? Bring it on!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
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Japanese physical fitness enthusiasts pray while dipping in cold water during a winter ritual to keep themselves fit and to display their perseverance in Tokyo.
(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

CHICAGO (WLS) -- If you haven't heard by now, our nation's rodent weather experts in Punxsutawney, Pa., and north suburban Woodstock are predicting six more weeks of winter.

While that may not have been the answer you were hoping for, it could be just the reminder we needed to fit in some cold-weather fun while we still can. Check out the photos above to see how people around the world embrace the season.

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Finding some snow to go along with our cold has been tough. So far this winter, the Chicago area has seen 18.3 inches of snow. While that's only 2.5 inches below average, we haven't seen an inch or more of snowfall in a single day since Dec. 17!

But at least there's one local winter activity that doesn't require snow - just a whole lot of courage.

PHOTOS: Surfers dive into icy Lake Michigan

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