WASHINGTON -- After a blast of frigid temperatures, the National Park Service says horticulturists have found widespread damage in cherry blossoms that have reached an advanced stage in the bloom cycle.
Peak bloom is the day when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees around the city’s Tidal Basin are blossoming.
Officials say temperatures dipped to dangerous levels for the blossoms overnight, dropping to 24 degrees or below Wednesday morning. They are expected to dip again for the next two nights.
Horticulturists have taken cuttings of branches with blossoms at earlier stages and will force them open over the next two days to determine whether they’re damaged.