>> This may be as good as it gets this year for DC's cherry blossoms. The late winter storm that's brought snow, ice, and freezing temperatures has jeopardized peak bloom. The National Park Service says if it gets down to 24 degrees, 90% of the cherry blossoms could be lost, making it the first time in nearly a century the renowned trees around the tidal basin may not hit peak bloom.
>> It's a shame that they're not gonna bloom.>> The Moser family visiting from Iowa braved the snow to enjoy what little has already bloomed.>> When we booked this trip, we didn't think it was gonna be this cold weather cuz we just came from a snow storm in Iowa here a couple days ago.
But yeah, I wish I would've brought my boots along. My feet have been wet for an hour now.
Crews worked to clear sidewalks in preparation for the Cherry Blossom Festival, which has been moved up to Wednesday. The festival, drawing thousands of visitors daily, is one of the biggest springtime events in DC.
But this year, with Mother Nature throwing a wrench in the mix and temperatures expected to fall further, the festival is likely to take a hit.