PUNXSUTAWNEY -- The world's most famous groundhog is predicting an early spring.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged at 7:28 a.m. today at his home on Gobbler's Knob, and flanked by his "Inner Circle" of handlers and in front of the usual 10,000 frozen fans, he did not see his shadow, meaning we could be in for an early spring.
Had Phil seen his shadow, it would have meant six more weeks of winter.
It was only the 16th time in the 116th year of the storied tradition that Phil did not see his shadow. He's been correct 39 percent of the time.
Phil posed for some pictures afterward but was not available for comment, perhaps because of the weather: It was only 2 degrees.
The Mirror will have more coverage in Sunday's print edition.