Worried about how Wednesday’s snowstorm may impact the Cherry Blossoms? Don’t be.
According to the National Park Service, the snow isn’t expected to affect the blossoms at all. They are predicted to be at peak bloom from March 27 to March 31. Peak bloom occurs when 70% of the blossoms have opened, according to NPS.
Different weather patterns could, however, kill the blossoms. According to the NPS website, a “rainy, windy day” or a “late cold frost” is more likely to impact the blossoms.
On the flip side, “cool, calm weather can extend the length of the bloom,” the website says.
This is reassuring news particularly after a fierce cold snap last year killed one third of the blossoms, an unprecedented event that happened for the first time in the 105-year history of the cherry blossoms.
Meanwhile, in April 2017, eleven Cherry Blossoms were damaged by a powerful thunderstorm and had to be cut down. 30 other trees were damaged, but treated by crews.
Cherry Blossom lovers can rest assured that their beloved blossoms are safe from harm.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is already underway, with the opening ceremony scheduled for Sunday, March 26.