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FALL FOLIAGE REPORT
The Virginia Department of Forestry reports color changes continue throughout the state. In southwest Virginia, noticeable color change is underway. Color change can be seen in tree species such as poplars, sweet gum, dogwood and maple. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Shenandoah Valley, some clearly defined color changes can be seen, but they are not yet at their brightest. About three fourths of the foliage is still in green.
The bright sunny days and cool, crisp nights we're experiencing now are ideal conditions for trees to bring out their fall colors. These colors are revealing themselves across the state. In Southwest Virginia, colors continue to transition away from green. In the higher elevations near Abingdon, colors are at peak.
In the New River Valley, approximately half the trees have color.
In the Allegheny Mountains, significant color change can be seen in Highland County which is at or near peak. In the Shenandoah Valley, the fall color change is nearly half-way at peak. Fall colors continue unfolding in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
At this time, peak colors are expected in the Alleghany Mountains and higher elevations this week and next week; The Roanoke Valley during the last week of October and first week of November. Piedmont and Coastal Plain are expected to peak during early November.
Experts say the odd October ups and downs may be influencing the colors this year. The mild temperatures and rain may have delayed some of the changes, but say it still should be a great year.