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.
The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They're in full bloom, and it'll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they're covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime. Over the next few days, the white will turn to pink–when I personally think they look their best.
As we head deeper into next week, they'll start to fade. Stay tuned for a post later today illustrating what to expect as we move forward.
The weather forecast is shaping up very nicely for the weekend, and it should be a great opportunity to cruise the Tidal Basin in a paddle boat.
It's going to get very busy around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. It'll a good weekend to leave the car at home and find another way into town (here are some ideas on how to get there).
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade kicks off at 10am Saturday on Constitution Avenue.