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Welp, looks like we’re in for more winter weather

Update to our earlier post: Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil has decided there will not be an early spring this year. Sorry, folks.

The famed groundhog saw his shadow, meaning we’re due for six more weeks of winter, because a groundhog seeing its shadow is a v precise and scientific determinant of meteorology. (Duh.)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was among the first to break the news to his millions of Twitter followers.

Btw, you can follow Punxsutawney Phil – well, the group that takes care of him, at least – on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing.

If you’re seeking warmth today, head to Tunbridge Central School

Don’t be like this guy.

Tunbridge Central School Principal Scott Farnsworth announced on Friday night that he will have the school open today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide shelter, warmth, and battery power to anyone in need during today’s deadly cold weather.

Visitors will be able to “warm up, charges phones and the like,” according to an email announcing the decision.

Please also remember that animals and pets are particularly vulnerable to the weather. Check out some tips for keeping them safe and warm here.

It’s going to be hella cold today, so keep your furry friends warm

Actual footage of me at work with my space heater

In advance of temperatures that are expected to drop to minus 6 degrees today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has issued some tips to keep all animals, yours and others’, safe from the frigid windchill.

Animals, much like humans, are susceptible to frostbite and exposure, and can quickly become dehydrated if their water source freezes over, resulting in death. (As someone who has personally had frostbite and still deals with its effects, I say this loudly and confidently: Do. Not. Mess. Around.)

Thankfully, there are some easy ways to make sure our four-legged friends stay safe, per PETA:

  • Keep animals indoors. Freezing temperatures spell extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements and are unable to help, note their location and alert authorities immediately. (For information regarding what constitutes adequate shelter, click here.)
  • In cold weather, you can provide birds and other animals with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice twice a day. When weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings to encourage animals to move on to warmer areas.
  • Lastly, anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather could face prosecution.

For more information, visit PETA.org.

I am all for adopting Switzerland’s rule about guinea pigs

Let’s be honest, two is better than one. In the case of guinea pigs in general, my view is one is good, but more are great. That’s two times the wheeking, y’all!

(If you don’t know what wheeking is, it’s the sound that the pigs make. It’s the cutest. You can watch/listen to a happy pig wheek below.)