Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 27, 2015

There’s a light layer of slushy snow around the Tidal Basin, and the area is mostly deserted.

Photo of Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015 taken by David Coleman.
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It's still too early to guess with much confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. But we've seen a much-warmer-than-normal January, and long-range forecasts suggest above-average temperatures continuing as we get deeper into February (after a short very cold spurt at the beginning of the month).

On average, Washington DC's cherry blossoms bloom around late-March into early April, but the precise timing varies year to year depending on the local temperatures in the leadup to the bloom. You can find general information on the 2023 bloom to help plan your visit here.

We've just caught the bottom end of the storm that has slammed into New England, and while we've had quite a lot of rain, frozen rain, sleet, and snow over the past day or so, not all that much of it has stuck. And, as usual, there's much less accumulation down around the National Mall and Tidal Basin than there is in some of the suburbs.

Around the Tidal Basin there's maybe half an inch of slushy snow. But it has also been warm enough the past few days to melt the thin layer of ice that was covering about half the Tidal Basin on the weekend.

As you'd expect, it's pretty quiet down around the Tidal Basin right now with very few people out and about.

The National Park Service has done a great job already of clearing snow from around the MLK Memorial, although as the signs warn it's still a bit slick.

Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015

Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015

Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015

Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015

Cherry Blososoms - January 27, 2015