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Question: The forecast for today is mostly sunny, just as it was on Feb. 2, 2017, when the groundhog saw his shadow. That, according to folklore, signifies six more weeks of winter. In reality, was winter of 2017 over or just beginning a year ago today?

Answer: The groundhog missed last year when he predicted six more weeks of winter. It snowed four inches on Feb. 8, 2017, one of the winter of 2016-17’s biggest snowfalls. That’s according to weather records kept at Central Illinois Regional Airport. However, most of the rest of the month was mild, with temperatures in February 2017 twice even reaching into the 70s. We can surely hope for a rerun.

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