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Posted: February 2, 2011 8:29 a.m.

Georgia groundhog calls for early spring

LILBURN, Ga. - Georgia's famed groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, is predicting an early spring.

The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning as he braved soggy, 44-degree weather at his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.

Hundreds of spectators erupted in cheers at the groundhog, who made the prediction at 7:41 a.m.

Legend has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow early on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected.

His Pennsylvania counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil, also failed to see his shadow - welcome news for winter-weary Americans.

 

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