Punxsutawney Phil’s yearly debut, as reimagined at a spot along the Middletown side of the Navesink River at McClee’s Creek.
It’s a pretty good bet that Punxsutawney Phil won’t see his shadow Wednesday morning.
According to Groundhog Day lore, the failure of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania’s most famous resident to see his own shadow on February 2 presages an early spring.
A shadow-spotting seemed unlikely as of 5a. It was rainy and misty out there in west central Pee Ay, with an outlook for rain, snow showers and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.
An early spring would certainly be welcome in the snow-and-ice-bound Red Bank region, where today’s forecast is also dim and damp, if not as cold.
Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by 9a, but as we write this, streets and sidewalks are crusted with a dangerous layer of ice, and a freezing rain advisory is in place until at least 8a.