From the ABC 7 Weather team

Spring Showers Bring Cherry Blossom Flowers

March 28, 2014 - 09:52 AM
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A soggy Saturday and first half of Sunday may dampen weekend plans, but it's good news for the cherry blossoms. 

It finally feels like spring.  Temperatures are warming up, but just as temperatures climb, clouds and showers move in.  An approaching cold front will keep rain in the forecast through the rest of the day and through much of the weekend. 

Flooding may also be a concern tomorrow with over one inch of rain possible.  An area of low pressure will develop along the front and will bring pockets of rain to the area tomorrow. 

Weather Prediction Center

The Weather Predicition Center has much of the ABC7 and NewsChannel8 viewing area under a "Slight" risk of excessive rainfall, which could lead to flash flood concerns. 

Weather Prediction Center

Unfortunately, this soggy weekend comes during the Cherry Blossom festival.  The Blossom Kite Festival is happening this weekend at the Washington Monument from 10am through 4:30pm.  Originally, the kite festival was to be held Saturday; however, due to inclement weather the kite festival will happen on Sunday. 

Sunday's weather will still be unsettled with lingering showers and gusty winds, but Saturday looks more like a washout.  Check out forecast rainfall accumulations through Sunday midday.

Local Computer Simulation

The heavy rain, falling on top of already saturated ground, could cause localized flooding, so be cautious of standing water.  On a more positive note, the rain and warmer temperatures are furthering the blossoming of the cherry blossoms. 

The cherry blossoms are now in stage two where the florets are visible.  Here's a picture of the buds I took this morning.

The National Park Service forecasts the cherry blossoms to be in full bloom between April 8th and April 12th.  The average peak bloom date is between the last week of March and the first week of April.  The blossoms are little behind schedule, but hopefully, with more spring-like temperatures in the forecast, the spectacular bloom will be worth the wait. 

Stay updated with the weather forecast through the weekend with the StormWatch7 weather team.  ABC7's Steve Rudin and Dave Zahrern will update our StormWatch7 weather page, Facebook, and Twitter feeds with all the information you need to know.

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