Visit Syracuse & Winter head to PA for Groundhog Day

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Visit Syracuse and its newest resident, Winter, are heading to Punxsutawney, PA to cheer for six more weeks of winter fun. As the "Official Home of Winter," the city has been embracing the cold and snow with open arms, and are encouraging travelers to do the same - as they focus on expanding tourism during their chilliest season.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, the team will make an appearance in Gobbler's Knob, home to the famous groundhog, bundled up and armed with signs hoping for an extended winter season. If Phil sees his shadow, legend says that six more weeks of winter are on the way - a prediction that will be celebrated in Central New York.

"As the Official Home of Winter, Syracuse is bringing our enthusiasm for Winter to Punxsutawney, to face off with Phil," says David Holder, president of Visit Syracuse. "We're hoping that this year, he will be on our side, see his shadow, and bring on the snow. We look forward to having more time to ski, ice skate, snowmobile, and just enjoy all that Winter has to offer."

The chances of an extended winter are high, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's records. Since 1886, the first noted Groundhog Day, Phil has only predicted an early spring 17 times. 

About Visit Syracuse: 

Visit Syracuse, Inc. is Onondaga County's official marketing organization for tourism related economic development; leading the production of over $863 million in direct visitor spending annually. As the oldest convention & visitors bureau in New York State, Visit Syracuse, Inc. aims to strengthen the positive awareness of the Greater Syracuse area as a winter destination that bundles up, shovels out and plunges in, once the snow starts. In fact, the Mandarin characters that make up the word "Syracuse", literally translate to "snow city." Syracuse is the snowiest big city (any population of 100,000 or more) in the United States; which is why Visit Syracuse trademarked Official Home of WinterTM. For more information about the exciting activities we offer during winter and not-winter, view visitsyracuse.com.