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No crowds for Punxsutawney Phil‘s forecast

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic means Groundhog Day won’t be the same in a Pennsylvania town long associated with a prognosticating rodent. rganizers said Punxsutawney Phil will predict whether spring will come early or winter will last longer in 2021 without the usual crowds who gather at Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside the town about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Phil and his inner circle on Feb. 2 will deliver the prediction virtually by means of a live internet stream and website, organizers said. “But it has been determined that there will not be any in person attendance as the potential Covid risks to overcome are too great,” they said.

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