By Steve Strouss

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Warmer temps are on the way and we can now conclusively say a final goodbye to the winter season of 2012-2013!

Total snow this past winter in Philadelphia was just 8.3 inches with the most recent accumulation, of 1.1 inches, last Monday.

This is a far cry from the average snowfall of 22.4 inches, yet more than last season’s meager 4.0″.

Despite the lack of snow, winter lingered longer than desired for most of us.

March temperatures ended up 2.3 degrees below average and the chilly air continued right into the start of April. In fact, two out of the first 3 days of April had high temperatures that did not climb out of the 40s and yesterday was also well below average with a high of just 51 degrees (normal high 60).

The surge of milder air begins today and we’ve got plenty of sun as we head into the weekend.

Temperatures will climb into the upper 50s today and tomorrow and then the mercury will really skyrocket.

Highs on Sunday will top off in the mid-60s and by the start of the next week, temperatures will finally be near 70 degrees.

A few disturbances may trigger some April showers next week but it is a nice tradeoff as we finally experience more spring-like conditions.

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