Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 5, 2014

The National Park Service has issued its first peak bloom forecast for the season, but there’s still plenty of snow around the Tidal Basin. The buds are getting more prominent, but they’re still wrapped tight.

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It's still far too early to guess with any confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. We won't start getting a clearer picture until early in the new year.

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 National Park Service yesterday issued their first prediction of the season for when they think the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom: between April 8 and 12.

But in a sign of what a long and cold winter this has been, even as the NPS was talking about the peak bloom, the trees were still covered in snow after another snowstorm on Monday that brought the city to a halt. Temperatures then plummeted to low teens and single digits in the region. In other words, winter isn't done with us yet.

Today and the next few days are likely to be slightly warmer than we've had lately, so the snow is gradually melting.

As you can see from the close-ups below, the buds are still wrapped tight, but they're becoming more prominent.

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