The thrum of lawnmowers is echoing through neighborhoods. Dandelions have started to pop, and lilacs are hinting at their blossoms.

After a tough, long winter, spring, it seems, is finally here. The long-range forecast underscores the overdue change in seasons. According to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center, the odds favor warmer-than-normal weather in Nebraska and Iowa through the end of April.

“We can still get snow, but it looks like we’ve finally made the turn,” said Aaron Mangels, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hastings.

The warmth is welcome. A harsh end to winter led to the season being considered one of the most severe on record. Nebraska had its eighth-coldest February in 125 years, and Iowa had its 15th-coldest. Although the weather warmed in March, the month still averaged below normal for both states. Worse, March was marked by catastrophic flooding as a result of a midmonth rain on top of snow and ice.