The mild winter weather that we have experienced for much of the season may still take a turn.
To see what Wynter the groundhog predicts, come to the Milwaukee County Zoo Thursday Feb. 2, as she makes her annual weather prediction. The Groundhog Day event will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm within the zoo.
"According to tradition, if it’s a sunny day and Wynter does see her shadow, she’ll return to her burrow for six more weeks of winter, but if she does not see her shadow, we can expect an early spring," the zoo said in a release.
The celebration includes a free raffle in which visitors can cast their vote for “Shadow” or "No Shadow.” Several winners will be drawn from the winning predictions, and can win groundhog-themed headbands, hats and toy plushies.
Visitors who have birthdays on Feb. 2 will be admitted free to the zoo that day. They'll just need to present their identification at the admissions gate.
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are the largest members of the squirrel family, the zoo said. They are good swimmers and can climb trees. In the wild, they eat grasses, plants, fruits and tree bark. During warm seasons, a groundhog can eat more than one pound of vegetation in one feeding.