Six more weeks of winter, and six more months of political gridlock.

That’s the word from Dupont Circle, where D.C.’s most stoic of pundits, Potomac Phil, saw his shadow while holding court in his seventh-annual Groundhog Day appearance Friday morning.

This year’s appearance was especially fraught, amid allegations of collusion with his much-more-animated cousin in Pennsylvania. (The very wiggly Punxsutawney Phil issued a similar weather forecast on Friday.)

Amid this media firestorm, Potomac Phil stood tall, maintained his distinctive poker face, and stuck to the talking points — which were issued through a spokesman, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans.

“In Phil we trust,” Evans proclaimed after sharing the bad news. A chant from supporters ensued.