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Topic - James Perry
It's been a long, snowy winter, but Washington's fabled cherry blossom trees are a hardy bunch and their blooming is right around the corner.
As D.C.-area residents navigated icy roads and slushy sidewalks Tuesday, the National Park Service promised that not only is spring on the way, but its blush-colored herald soon will appear.
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The peak bloom period for cherry blossoms around the D.C. Tidal Basin is expected to be between March 26 and March 30, National Park Service officials announced Monday.
If there are two things the District does well -- aside from half-smokes and traffic congestion -- it's spring flowers and unpredictable weather.
"I like to think that when you're out by the Tidal Basin, if you squint your eyes when the snow's coming down, it kind of looks like cherry blossoms," Mr. Perry said with a smile.
Mr. Perry said the Park Service looks for the green buds on the trees as the first sign that blooming has begun.