NYC area's furry forecasters weighing in on winter

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NEW YORK - New York City just finished its first January without a significant snowfall in 75 years, but what does that portend for the rest of winter?

An early spring _ at least according to two four-legged forecasters in the metro area.

Groundhogs Staten Island Chuck and Malverne Mel both made their prognostications Saturday, Groundhog Day. Tradition holds that if the rodents see their shadows on Feb. 2, winter will continue for six weeks.

Not so, say Chuck and Mel. Neither apparently saw his shadow when he emerged around 7:30 Saturday morning.

Chuck sussed the climate from his home at the Staten Island Zoo. Mel made his prediction near the Malverne Village gazebo on Long Island.

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