By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After weeks of dreary skies, with rain and snow, East Tennessee saw a solid day of sunshine Friday.
People were out enjoying the warmer weather all across the area.
The first bit of sunshine in a while seemed to beckon each and every person in Knoxville to step outside and breathe in the signs of a changing season.
"The sunshine makes us feel like Spring is here," said Philip White of Knoxville.
Parks were filled with dogs and their owners, like White and his son.
"Today is perfect. The wind's not blowing hard. The sun is out. There's no nasty rain or snow or sleet or anything so this is the kind of day that we like to get out and walk the dog," said White.
With even warmer weather predicted for the weekend, White says you won't catch them cooped up inside any longer.
"If we have weather like today, we'll probably get out Saturday and Sunday," said White.
Market Square in downtown Knoxville, which was primarily void of outdoor activity for the last few months, was buzzing once again.
"It feels good not to see a gray sky because it's real light and bright," said Elizabeth Randolph of Knoxville. She was on a field trip with her class from a local elementary school.
Shoppers, diner and walkers alike ventured out to enjoy the warming temperatures.
The Witte family was using the warm weather as an opportunity to snap some family photos.
They drove down from Cincinnati to Knoxville to visit their son Luke, a student at UT.
"Came down to enjoy just a little bit of sunshine. Woke up this morning and saw the sunshine. It was just such a nice visual," said Lisa Witte, of Cincinnati.
Friday's warmth served as a peek into future sunny days.
"We were at lunch and we started talking about vacation to the beach. We got all inspired and we go ok, we're thinking ahead, way ahead at this point. The sunshine does help," said Witte.
Because of the nice weekend weather ahead, locals said they would be heading out to tackle errands they've been putting off because of recent cold weather.
Local businesses hope that means more shoppers will also be out and about.