Lexington GroundHawg says spring is on its way

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LEXINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — The Lexington GroundHawg "Lil' Bit" has spoken - spring is on it's way.

According to tradition if on this day it is fair, bright and sunny so that an animal can cast its shadow, it is an omen winter will last six more weeks. However, if the day is cloudy and shadowless, it is a sign of spring's arrival.

In Lexington, instead of using a groundhog, the event pays tribute to the local barbecue heritage and the forecast is predicted instead by a pig.

Lexington's annual event began in 2005 when Uptown Lexington, Inc. added a twist to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania's traditional celebration of Candlemas, the celebration of the mid-point between winter and spring.

On Tuesday, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.