DC cherry blossoms reach stage 4; still on track for peak bloom during first week of April

The National Park Service says D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms have reached stage four and are still on track for peak bloom during the first week of April.

Officials say stage four is called Peduncle Elongation and typically means peak bloom is about five to 10 days away.

This year, the National Park Service origionally predicted peak bloom dates between April 3 and April 6 and later adjusted that date ahead to April 1.The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20th to April 14th.

In 2017, peak bloom was on March 25 and in 2018 the trees reached peak bloom on April 5. The average peak bloom date is April 4.