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.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.