It seems a little silly to Surge Desk to wake up the cranky groundhogs when more reliable weather prognosticators -- you know, those who walk on two legs -- are pretty confident that a wallop of winter is in store for a wide swath of the country. And by "wide swath," we mean as much as one-third of the nation. That's a lot of bad weather.
So, will your friendly local groundhog emerge from his hidey hole to find a winter wonderland?
If you're in the Midwest or Plains states, the odds are pretty good. Chicago and Milwaukee are going to be particularly hard-hit, The Associated Press says. Those cities and nearby locations may see 2 feet of snow accumulation. The winter weather will start this evening and continue through Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Missouri, snow is expected -- about 6 inches -- only after heavy ice and sleet hit, which could be a dangerous combination.
Farther south, those places that get rain instead of snow may see thunderstorms, even tornadoes.
How about Punxsutawney, Pa.? Judging by AccuWeather's predictions, the town is in store for some snow and ice.
If you're in the hot -- er, cold -- zone, may we suggest stocking up on movies, hot chocolate, beer and sleds? And don't forget your roof rake!
Read More Surge Desk Coverage of Winter, Groundhogs and Where the Twain Shall Meet:
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Winter Storm 2011: How to Survive the Historic Blizzard [VIDEOS]
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