Through much of the day yesterday we had several inches of beautiful, soft, powdery snow falling. Combined with cold temperatures, it played havoc with the roads, but it sure was pretty. Rising temperatures overnight, along with rain and a slightly warmer morning have turned it to slush. So we have a few inches of slushy, wet, and very slippery snow around the cherry blossoms this morning. The Tidal Basin and Potomac are both frozen and covered in snow.
It’s a bit warmer day today, and when the sun’s out it’s actually quite pleasant. But the cold weather will be back tomorrow and is expected to stick around through the rest of the week.
February has so far been much colder than our average February–even setting new records–and the effect will be to slow down the development of the cherry blossoms. By how much, though, isn’t clear.
We don’t yet have any forecasts for the peak bloom, but the first predictions will likely be put out over the next week or two. Be sure to keep an eye on the peak bloom forecasts page for updates.