D.C.'s cherry blossoms covered in snow

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - A St. Patrick's Day snowstorm covered D.C.'s cherry blossom trees Monday.

With the Cherry Blossom Festival starting in three days, it's not unusual to see photographers and tourists from around the world start springing up, much like the buds on the trees.

Peak bloom for the blossoms was estimated for April 8 through April 12 of this year – but with another six inches of snow today, what does that mean for the beloved blossoms?

We went to Merrifeld Garden’s plant specialist to find out, and David Yost predicts a later bloom than in years past. His main concern is if one particular weather combination takes places:

"If those flower buds are starting to open and it was to stay cold that could damage them."

The National Park Service has said in the past that unless the snow is breaking branches, the trees won't be damaged.

As of now, the Cherry Blossom Festival kick-off is expected to start on time this Thursday.