With much of the area still blanketed by Monday's snowfall, it's hard to believe we're just weeks from the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs March 20-April 13. As for the actual cherry blossoms, the National Park Service expects them to appear toward the end of the festival, with an official peak bloom estimated for April 8-12.

Peak bloom means 70 percent of the blossoms are open. In 2013, peak bloom was predicted for April 6-8 but came early, on April 4. In 2012, the blossoms peaked on March 20, so there's much variability. And with the brutally cold winter we're still in the midst of, it's no wonder the cherry trees will take a little longer to pop this year.


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: After pictures of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin to match before picture of the same scene from last month on April, 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

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