Iconic UW cherry blossoms expected to fully bloom this weekend!

SEATTLE -- It's a sign of spring in Puget Sound -- the iconic cherry blossoms on the University of Washington campus are almost at full bloom!

The school arborist says right now, the 29 large cherry trees in the Quad are blooming at 25 percent. That means this weekend will be prime time for viewing the blossoms -- but expect big crowds. Every year the full bloom brings out hundreds of visitors to the campus, especially if the sun is out.

The unseasonably cooler temperatures the past couple weeks and the snow storms in February pushed back the date of the full bloom this year.

Last year, the trees were at full bloom around mid-March.

The iconic cherry trees are about 86 years old and healthy, according to the school arborist. The school's website says the trees were originally planted on arboretum land near Montlake Boulevard where Highway 520 passes through. They were moved to campus in 1962 when the highway's construction required the trees to be relocated.

If you can't get to the Quad in person, you can watch the live stream here.

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