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BROOKFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) – Groundhog Day is Wednesday, just in time for what could be a foot or more of snow.

WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding decided to consult with Brookfield Zoo about how their resident groundhog, Tumbleweed, is preparing for her prognostication.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

When Tumbleweed emerges from her burrow, she might want to turn around.

Spokeswoman Sondra Katzen says despite predictions of heavy snow this week, the zoo applies hope for good news on Groundhog Day.

“If the sun’s out and she sees her shadow, then that is not a good sign, so with the snow coming, it might be what that means is that she may be seeing her shadow,” Katzen said.

The zoo will use a nutritious, carrot-shaped sweet potato cake to try to coach the groundhog out.

Katzen says this is Tumbleweed’s third or fourth year of predicting, and she has yet to see her shadow. Katzen hopes that tradition will continue.