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More Snow and Bitter Cold, Toledo Mayor in Critical Condition, Groundhog Sees its Shadow

Groundhog sees shadow. (Source: WOIO) Groundhog sees shadow. (Source: WOIO)
MONDAY: Still some snow and ice this morning…turning to Mostly cloudy and cold this afternoon! High: 16

MONDAY NIGHT: Brrrr…wind chill sub-zero... LOW: 8

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. High: 26

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The mayor of Toledo was in critical condition in a hospital intensive care unit Monday, a day after having a heart attack while checking on road conditions during a snowstorm.
Mayor D. Michael Collins, 70, was driving around the city checking on road conditions during a snow storm when he went into cardiac arrest and crashed into a utility pole at about 2 p.m. Sunday.
A passer-by who saw the mayor's crashed SUV gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency personnel arrived, said Dr. Christopher Cooper, a cardiologist and dean of the University of Toledo medical school. Collins was not conscious at the time.
Collins is being treated at the University of Toledo Medical Center's intensive care unit. He is being heavily sedated and closely monitored, and it's too early to give a prognosis on his recovery, Cooper said in a statement Sunday evening.
City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson was sworn in as acting mayor Sunday afternoon. She praised the unidentified passer-by who rendered first aid to the mayor.
"The act of this one person who was there at our mayor's time of need shows this is a great city," Hicks-Hudson said at a news conference Sunday.
Officials said they would give an update on the Collins' condition on Monday.

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.
Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "prediction" Monday morning.
A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.
The forecast was also announced on Twitter, as was referenced in the official proclamation read by Jeff Lundy, the Fair Weatherman of the Inner Circle.
"Forecasts abound on the Internet, but, I, Punxsutawney Phil am still your best bet. Yes, a shadow I see, you can start to Twitter, hash tag: Six more weeks of winter!"
The forecast was delivered after a steady pre-dawn rain turned to snow as temperatures dropped from the high 30s to around freezing. They were forecast to keep dropping over much of the state, prompting the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit to 45 mph for many interstate highways which were already wet and expected to freeze or be covered with snow as the day wore on.
The rain kept some revelers away, with state police estimating the crowd at around 11,000, slightly smaller than in recent years when upward of 15,000 attended.

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