It'll be a warm weekend, but it gets a little more humid on Sunday as a storm system approaches from Canada. Much of the region will start the day dry on Sunday, but the holiday weekend could conclude with some heavy downpours and strong thunderstorms, especially overnight. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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The three-day Independence Day holiday weekend looks to be warm and dry, just about perfect for watching the scores of Twin Cities area fireworks displays that will draw crowds to shows both large and small Friday and Saturday nights.
With many people taking Friday off and turning Independence Day into a long holiday weekend, Metro Transit and suburban transit providers are expecting fewer riders and are adjusting service to reflect decreased demand. That could catch some commuters off guard as the official holiday is not until Saturday.
Every now and then, whether you deserve it or not, you get a break. The planets temporarily align and things work out for the best. Your worst weather-fears are NOT realized. It's especially remarkable when this happy confluence of events happens on what is arguably the biggest outdoor holiday weekend of the entire year. Considering we could be knee-deep in flood waters and hailstones, or gasping for air as highs push into 90s, or dodging swarms of tornadoes, I consider myself very lucky to be able to report good weather news. On the 4th of July? Time to run out and buy a Lotto ticket....
After some of the most momentous weeks of his presidency, including court victories on gay marriage and Obamacare and an emotional eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama turned his attention back to an ongoing theme of his presidency: Economic fairness.