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What to Do When Groundhog Day Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter

By: Jason Lee

On February 2, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil will emerge and let us know if we have six more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy when Phil emerges, get ready to take your jackets and sweaters off early, if it is a nice sunny day don’t be fooled, you’ll want to keep those long sleeve clothes handy because according to Phil, we have six more weeks of winter.

So what is a person to do with six more weeks of winter hanging around? If Phil’s prediction of a long winter ruined your plans, Aire Serv® has things to do until the spring arrives.

Go Skiing

Since the cold weather is going to stick around you might as well enjoy it. Grab the poles and skis, and hit the slopes. Skiing is a great way to spend the day with family and friends.

Make One Last Snow Angel or Have One Last Snowball Fight

When the snow is on the ground it is almost taunting you to roll it into a ball and throw it at your friends. There is nothing in winter as fun as building a mini fort and dodging incoming snowballs, so get out there and claim a snowball fight victory. If snowball fights aren’t your thing, you can thank Phil for one more opportunity to roll around in the snow and make snow angels in the yard.

Look Forward to Additional Snow Days

There is nothing more exciting to kids than a free day at home because the weather doesn’t cooperate with what parents want or need. Kids can thank Phil for predicting more winter and giving them additional days at home.

Grab the Skates

Unlike finding a mountain to ski down, skating can be done at many hometown rinks, so lace up and hit the ice. If you’re a novice, you’re in luck. Six more weeks of winter means you have more than a month to learn and show off to your friends.

Put off Spring Cleaning

The great thing about Phil not seeing his shadow, you get to put off spring-cleaning, at least for a little while. Hey, when it’s too cold to clean, you have no choice but to put it off until spring. So when the snow lands, kick off your shoes, grab the remote, hit the couch and say, “maybe next month.”

If we do end up with six more weeks of winter, remember, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should not enjoy it. If Phil says we have more cold days ahead, enjoy it.