Editor's note: Animal prognosticators Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania, General Beauregard Lee of Georgia and Staten Island Chuck of New York City all fail to see their shadow this Groundhog Day in an unanimous prediction for an early spring this season. - Shelley
Upcoming: It's Groundhog Day and there are numerous animals prognosticating how long winter will last but today we'll be favoring Pennsylvania groundhog-in-chief Punxsutawney Phil of Gobbler's Knob. We may also follow up with General Beauregard Lee of Georgia who, legend says, is more accurate than his cousin. We'll let you know.
Editor's note: While snowfall from the blizzard impacting the U.S. East Coast has decreased, a final band of snow is expected to impact New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Northeastern Maryland until shortly after midnight ET, the National Weather Service reports. Flooding in New Jersey and Delaware remains a problem as high tide approaches. Most travel bans in the region are expected to expire around mid-Sunday morning. Air travel in the region will continue to be impacted Sunday as many flights have cancelled and Washington, DC's Regan and Dulles airports are expected to remain closed for snow removal. - Jimmy
Pennsylvania/ˌpɛnsᵻlˈveɪnjə/ (Pennsylvania German: Pennsilfaani), officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a U.S. state located in the North and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and the Great Lakes region. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The state borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.
Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's five most populous cities are Philadelphia (1,560,297), Pittsburgh (305,801), Allentown (118,577), Erie (100,671), and Reading (89,893). The state capital is Harrisburg. Pennsylvania has 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles (92 km) of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary.
The state is one of the 13 original founding states of the United States; it was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake. It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 12, 1787. Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were drafted, is located in the state. During the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in this state.