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National Weather Service's prediction for winter

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We know how cold it's been this winter but is there any relief in sight?

On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil told us to brace ourselves for the long haul.

KSFY News visited the National Weather Service today to see what they think of the Groundhog's prediction.

Whenever we see temperature signs, it's just another reminder it's still winter.

Many of us are not fans of Punxsutawney Phil this year.

We dropped by the National Weather Service here in Sioux Falls to see what they think of his prediction.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service don't rely on the Groundhog's shadow but a complex network of computers, radar and satellite images.

And this year, they can all agree we're in for a long winter.  

National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said "I would say even a blind squirrel gets a nut every once and a while. The Groundhog is lucky right now, and he's right, we're not going to see spring anytime soon. We're probably going to have the coldest couple of days in the month of march that we've ever had since 1919 , so old man winter doesn't want to relieve it's grip on us right yet."

"To give everyone a little glimmer of inside the future of the next 30-60-90 day forecast, we're looking at temperatures in April and May to continue to be below normal," Heitkamp added.

Old Man Winter certainly has worn out his welcome.

Most of us may keep hoping we'll see higher temps on temperature signs and warmer days ahead but it doesn't seem like that's happening anytime soon.

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