Ohio's answer to Punxsutawney Phil is predicting a shorter winter - not that there's been much winter to speak of.
WMRN radio reports that Ohio groundhog Buckeye Chuck failed to see his shadow at dawn on Thursday under overcast skies in the central Ohio city of Marion. According to legend, no shadow means spring will arrive early.
Winter has barely made an appearance in Ohio. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and most spots have seen much less snow than usual.
Forecasters say Ohio is in for a snowy and icy start to the weekend.
Most of the state is under a winter weather advisory beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into late morning on Saturday. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected in northern Ohio, while the southern half of the state is likely to receive snow and freezing rain.