It's a time for celebration in Minnesota. It's the beginning of May, it's the weekend, the Wild are alive in the NHL playoffs.
But most importantly, that giant ball of orange warmth is back in the sky today (sources claim it was actually up there the whole time, just hiding, but BringMeTheNews has not been able to confirm those claims).
We haven't seen it very much, in what feels like quite awhile – even someone whose job it is to be outside couldn't spot it.
That's over though: After a week of gray, wet, drab and temps, a weekend of (relative) warmth and sunshine is on tap for much of the state May 3-4.
As of Saturday morning, there were pockets of clouds in the northland. But a scan of the Air Sports Net current weather map shows lots of clear skies, and temps above freezing. And those spots with a slight chance of rain today (Duluth could get showers after 5 p.m., Warroad and Brainerd some rain during the day) are slated for sun on Sunday.
Just in time for some weekend activities, too.
St. Paul's Cinco de Mayo festival runs all day Saturday, with a jalapeno-eating contest, a Lowrider Car Show, live music and more.
The 100-Mile Garage Sale runs through Sunday, along the River Road in Minnesota in Wisconsin – from Winona, stretching north to Hastings in the North Star State, and Fountain City to Prescott in the eastern neighbor. A Lake City Chamber of Commerce member told the Rochester Post-Bulletin it's an "insane" event; thousands of bargain-hunters are expected to attend.
Then there's the 40th annual MayDay Parade and Festival, beginning at noon in south Minneapolis. The event is organized by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and features dancing, instruments and large handmade puppets.
And while there may be occasional showers in some spots, just about everyone should get at least one pleasant day to be outside.
It even began peeking out from behind the clouds Friday, like a hint of what's to come. That's certainly cause for celebration.