Cherry blossoms almost at their peak

WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin are very close to their peak.

“For the next couple days, conditions are going to be perfect. It’s going to be sunny and 70. It’s going to give the blossoms the last little push to get to the 70 percent mark, where we can declare it peak,” says National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst.

The peak is now expected “within the next day or two,” says National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst.

The peak had been expected Wednesday, March 23, but Litterst said on Wednesday morning that 50 percent of the puffy white blooms have opened.

Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms are expected to remain on the trees for four to 10 days.

Most people won’t notice the difference if they come to the Tidal Basin Wednesday.

“There’s a show going on already. You won’t be disappointed if you come down today,” Litterst says.

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WTOP’s Kathy Stewart contributed to this report.

Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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