Peak of DC's cherry blossoms pushed back to April

Peak of DC's cherry blossoms pushed back to April
(Source: National Mall NPS)
(Source: CNN)
(Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - A recent cold snap has delayed the peak of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service now says the peak is expected to be between April 8-12.

Earlier this month, peak bloom was expected to run from St. Patrick's Day (March 17) through March 20 and was delayed again until March 27-30.

That would have been the earliest peak bloom dates for the cherry blossoms since 1990.

But colder temperatures throughout March mean the cherry blossoms don't have the heat they need to come into bloom.

The National Park Service tweeted that the snow shouldn't effect the overall quality of the blooms.

In addition to the annual cherry blossom parade, this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will have some new attractions - including yoga and a tennis tournament.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony is now a ticketed event set for March 25. The event was pushed back a day due to the large crowds expected for the March for Our Lives.

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