Balzac Billy predicts early spring for Alberta

Balzac Billy did not see his shadow on Monday morning, meaning Albertans can look forward to an early spring.

The sky was cloudy when the “groundhog” popped up out of his burrow at the Blue Grass Nursery and Garden Centre. 

He grabbed a cup of coffee, then searched long and hard before finally declaring that there was no shadow to be seen. 

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Balzac Billy emerged from his burrow at the Blue Grass Garden Centre this morning and, seeing no shadow, predicted an early spring in Alberta. Here he mingles with Groundhog Day fans. (CBC)

The crowd who had gathered to see him erupted in cheers. 

In southern Ontario, Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow either, making the same prediction of an early spring. 

Nova Scotia’s groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, saw things differently for his province.

He saw his shadow, which according to groundhog folklore means six more weeks of winter. 

How much stock do you put in Balzac Billy’s prediction of early spring?

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