On a week that saw January end with a high of 54 degrees, area residents will be watching today as Punxsutawney Phil looks for his shadow.
Tuesday's high of 54 degrees didn't break the record of 67 degrees for Jan. 31, but it still was higher than usual for the time of year.
"It did get warmer around the state, mostly south of Williamsport around Harrisburg," said Aaron Tyburski, National Weather Service meteorologist.
Wednesday also saw a warm one as 60 degrees was recorded at the Williamsport Regional Airport.
This week of unusually warm temperatures all lead to today when Punxsutawney Phil will tell us if we should expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Today will be a little cooler than the rest of the week and most likely won't break the record of 57 degrees as Tyburski said today's forecast will see a high in the low 40s. Residents won't see much sun, which could make it difficult for Phil to see his shadow, leading to a groundhog prediction of an early spring.
"It does look to be fairly cloudy," he said. "Probably not much sun coming out until Friday."
But Tyburski also was quick to point out there could be some "weather magic" for the special weather-predicting day and the sun could peek out.
Tyburski wasn't willing to make his own prediction on the length of winter, saying he would leave it up to Punxsutawney Phil and his "animal instincts" - something meteorologists don't possess.
"That's a tough one. I'm really going to have to defer to him," he said, "We may get minor events like we have so far in winter."
The groundhog's prediction might not be something meteorologists use for their own work, but Tyburski did say they get excited about it and will be glued to the television set to see if Phil scurries away from his shadow or not.
"I think it's more of putting it in its place - more of entertainment," he said, "... We're obviously interested. We'd be lying if we said we weren't."
Over the past 115 years, the Phil has seen his shadow 99 times, he has not seen it 16 times and there are nine years for which there are no records available, according to Accuweather.com.
Football fans also will experience plenty of entertainment Sunday as the New England Patriots and New York Giants compete for the Lombardi Trophy as part of a mild weather weekend for the area.
The weekend will see temperatures in the 40s and clear skies.
"Through the weekend it looks to be dry," Tyburski said.
Tyburski said with the nice weather, those wishing to fire up the grill for their Super Bowl parties could have a good day to do so. He did say guests may want to stay inside though, "It won't be a day that people would typically sit outside and have a picnic."
The mild winter may have some questioning its effects on the rest of the year's weather. Tyburski said it shouldn't affect too much but wasn't ruling anything out.
"It's hard to say. We were so wet last year that the ground water was so high," he said.
He said there shouldn't be too many long-term effects for the year, only minor ones.
"I don't see anything that would be long-term," he said. "If it continues this way something like some of the early blooming flowers could be coming out a little earlier."