WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms on the National Mall are nearly at peak bloom, the National Park Service reported Wednesday afternoon.
The blossoms are at their “puffy white” stage — one step away from peak bloom, the National Park Service said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. Twenty percent of the buds are at full blossom.
The warm weather for this weekend “may put us over the top,” the park service said. Temperatures on Saturday are poised to reach the mid-70s.
Last week’s snow, ice and frigid temperatures destroyed many of the blossoms and pushed the predicted peak bloom date back again. The National Park Service said last week that peak bloom for the Yoshino cherry trees is now expected this weekend — about a week later than initially forecast.