MILLTOWN, NJ — Say it isn't snow, Mel! Milltown Mel announced via a social media post he would be doing what the rest of New Jersey residents have been doing for the past 10 plus months; quarantining. Yes, that means there will not be the usual Groundhog Day celebration in Milltown on Tuesday, February 2 thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the snowstorm expected to blanket New Jersey to start the work week. Groundhog Day has been a "Milltown Thing" for the past 12 winters. 2021 would have been the 13th Groundhog Day celebration in the borough.
Mel, Middlesex County's favorite groundhog, posted on his Instagram and Facebook accounts on Saturday he would be quarantining on Tuesday instead of hanging out with his Wranglers and the groundhog faithful though it doesn't mean the furry forecaster would not be weighing in on whether there will be an early spring or not.
"Hello Neighbors, I am staying quarantined and in bed this February 2," Mel wrote. "I may take a look outside my cage to check the weather, in which case I will let you know what I see. Keep your eyes out for a message from me on Tuesday! Happy Groundhog Day."
As the legend goes, if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, it will be an early spring. Last year, Milltown Mel predicted an early spring.
Odds makers have predicted Mel is likely to not see his shadow on Tuesday, so disappointed Groundhog Day lovers will just have to watch Milltown Mel's social media to see what he has to say about winter's length in 2021. You can follow Milltown Mel on his Facebook and Instagram pages.