Groundhogs, Meteorologists Predict More Winter For Wisconsin - WBAY

Groundhogs, Meteorologists Predict More Winter For Wisconsin

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The handlers for world-famous Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already feels like a brutally long and cold winter. It appears Phil and Wisconsin's own groundhog, Jimmy from Sun Prairie, may be right when it comes to winter in northeast Wisconsin.

This winter is challenging people who work outside and children's school calendars. Homeowners are thawing out their pipes and Northeast Wisconsin's wildlife is facing a test of survival.

On Groundhog Day, Sun Prairie's furry rodent Jimmy is projecting more winter. Our StormCenter 2 says he may be right.

"We're still looking at this persistent pattern where temperatures are going to stay below zero and a lot below zero around 10, 20 degrees some days. We've already had 30 nights below zero. That's quite a bit in a season," said StormCenter 2 Meteorologist Rebecca Schuld.  

Since the start of the cold season, around 45 inches of snow has fallen around the Green Bay area. When you couple that with subzero temperatures, people were less than thrilled to hear winter isn't leaving anytime soon. 

"Obviously not good. We went to Florida like a month ago and I didn't want to come back. I'm physically here, I'm mentally still back in Florida," said Gaurav Gulati.

"I'd like to put my car in "S" and head her south any road that takes me south and not stop until I hit a beach," said Mary Jo Bielinski.  

Others will try to make the best of it.  

"It's been very cold. Yes, it's been fun though playing outside," said Olivia Krahn.

"That's what winter is for, if you're going to survive it you've got to find ways to enjoy it. It makes good ice for ice fishing," said Greg Wypiszenski.

So when can we expect a warm up?

"Hopefully we can see a pattern change sometime as we get into the month of March, but I think from now until then, we are going to be looking at several more weeks of this solid winter-like pattern. A lot of those days below average and probably some good snow yet coming up this month," said Schuld. 

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