It's meteorological spring, but you wouldn't know it poking your head out the door. Another wintry mix arriving this afternoon doesn't help. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is predicting March to be colder and snowier than average, which, on the back of a very cold February, will slow the cherry blossoms down.
A slightly warmer day yesterday has melted a lot of the snow around the Tidal Basin, but the Tidal Basin itself is still covered by a layer of ice. And the ice we've had in the past 48 hours coating trees, roads, and sidewalks has taken its toll on some of the trees with some scattered branches--some of them quite big--breaking off from the added weight. You can see one of the examples from a tree near the MLK Memorial in the shots below.
We're expecting the National Park Service to issue their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for the season this morning. I'll update the peak bloom page as soon as we hear.
In the meantime, here are some shots of how the trees are looking this morning.
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.