Northeast to get onslaught of snow after groundhog sees his shadow

Posted at 8:42 AM, Feb 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-03 08:42:47-05

By Holly Yan

(CNN) — If you believe a groundhog with a funny name can predict the weather, get ready for another six weeks of winter conditions.

Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog in Pennsylvania, saw his shadow Sunday on Groundhog Day. And for at least the next few days, his wintry forecast will play out for much of the eastern U.S.

At least 6 inches of snow are expected to fall Monday on New York City, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. With temperatures dipping below freezing Monday night, that’ll lead to an icy glaze over the city.

Philadelphia will also get pummeled with several inches of snow. Schools there are closed Monday.

And in the Midwest, an ice storm and significant snow are expected to hit cities such as Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit between now and Wednesday.

Fortunately for those pining for spring, Punxsutawney Phil isn’t always right. According to an analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is actually wrong most of the time.

CNN’s Steve Almasy and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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