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.