Pa. groundhog's prediction comes on NFL's big day

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It happens every winter, captivates the nation and leaves a lot of fans disappointed.

Groundhog Day also falls this year on Sunday, about 12 hours before the Super Bowl. It's the first time the prognosticating marmot will make his appearance on the day of the NFL championship.

The odds are against Punxsutawney Phil failing to see his shadow at Gobbler's Knob and therefore predicting a short winter. Organizers say there's historically been about an 85 percent chance that he will forecast six more weeks of winter.

Organizers expect about 20,000 revelers to attend the early morning event in western Pennsylvania.

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