Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 31, 2018

New York Fall Color 10/31/18

New York Fall Foliage reports Week of October 31 – November 6, 2018

Finger Lakes and Lower Hudson Valley Showcasing Beautiful Peak- and Near-Peak Foliage

Parts of Central New York, Greater Niagara and Catskills regions will also see some peak leaves this weekend

As beautiful foliage makes its way across New York State, many areas of the Finger Lakes region and parts of the lower Hudson Valley will see peak leaves this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program. Peak leaves will make their last appearances in the Greater Niagara and Catskills regions, and Long Island will be flush in near-peak color. I LOVE NY defines ‘peak’ as the overall best appearance the foliage will have during the season. Foliage change has been uneven this season and travelers may find that some areas classified as peak and near-peak contain an abundance of green leaves, combined with the possibility of leaf droppage.

In the Finger Lakes region, Livingston County observers in Geneseo expect peak foliage this weekend. Look for 60-70 percent color change with rose-, orange- and honey-colored leaves on display, along with some brilliant scarlet leaves on maple trees. In Monroe County, spotters in Rochester are predicting peak to past-peak foliage this weekend. Look for 60-65 percent color change and muted yellow, russet, dark red, orange, and orange-red leaves, along with some sporadic glowing dashes of red. The trees that are changing color look especially vibrant in contrast to the gray skies and wonderful when the sun is shining. Some trees have lost their leaves entirely due to rain and cold overnight temperatures. Just north of Rochester, spotters reporting from Greece and surrounding communities on Lake Ontario predict peak foliage this weekend with 80-85 percent color change and a full variety of fall color, including some brilliant yellow and orange leaves. Some trees in the area are bare, some have green leaves; there are more green leaves in areas to the south.

Peak foliage is arriving in Syracuse, according to spotters on the Syracuse University campus. This weekend, expect 60-70 percent change with leaves above average in brilliance, as most sugar maples have completely changed. Spotters at Skaneateles Lake also predict peak leaves this weekend. Look for 70 percent color change with bright pops of yellow and bursts of red, purple and orange. In Ontario County, spotters in Canandaigua expect peak to past-peak foliage with 75 percent color change and a wide variety of bright fall colors among the prevailing yellow.

Chemung County will be near peak this weekend, according to spotters in Elmira and Horseheads. Expect about 65 percent color change and dull golden colors. Foliage in Ontario County will be near peak this weekend, according to spotters in Geneva. Look for about 65-70 percent color change and bright shades of yellow, red and orange, along with some green.

Spotters in the Watkins Glen area of Schuyler County are predicting near-peak foliage this weekend, with subdued yellow and brown hues. In Seneca County, leaves will be near peak to peak this weekend. The leaves should be 85-90 percent changed and include vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red.

Peak foliage will be found in Steuben County this weekend, according to spotters in Corning, Hornell, Bath, Hammondsport and Keuka Lake. Look for nearly complete leaf change and average to bright red, gold, and yellow leaves, along with various shades of orange. Peak foliage will arrive in Tompkins County this weekend, according to spotters in Ithaca. Look for muted yellow and orange leaves along with some shades of red and some remaining green leaves.

Wayne County spotters are predicting near peak leaves this weekend with 55 percent or more color change and bright gold, red and green leaves. This weekend, Yates County will be near peak with vibrant yellow and orange leaves, plus a significant amount of remaining green and some brown leaves. Maple trees are particularly bright.

In the Hudson Valley, leaves will be peak throughout Dutchess County. Look for bright red, orange and yellow leaves along with some remaining green leaves. The foliage will reach peak this weekend in Orange County, according to spotters in Goshen. Leaves should be about 75 percent changed, with many colorful sections featuring bright shades of gold, yellow, orange and red, along with some green.

Travelers will find a mix of peak and past-peak foliage in Columbia County. Most leaves have changed color and are average-to-bright shades of yellow, gold, and orange. In Rockland County, spotters based in New City are predicting peak foliage this weekend. Expect about 75 percent color change and bright orange, yellow, and red leaves, along with some remaining green leaves. Leaves will be near-peak at Bear Mountain State Park. Expect 65 percent color change and increasing shades of red and gold, with remaining green leaves and some bare trees. Color change is still quite low in Westchester County, according to spotters in White Plains. This weekend, expect 20 percent or more color transformation with green, gold-yellow, and some red leaves of average brilliance.

In Central New York, Schoharie County will be at peak this weekend, according to spotters in Schoharie. Expect about 80 percent color change with red, orange, and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Otsego County will see peak to just-past-peak foliage this weekend, according to spotters in Cooperstown. Foliage is past-peak in Madison County, but splashes of orange can be found along the Erie Canal Towpath in Chittenango. Look for various shades of orange, red and some yellow leaves of average brilliance.

In the Greater Niagara region, spotters reporting from Springville in southern Erie County predict peak foliage for the weekend with nearly complete color change and mostly yellow leaves of muted brilliance. In Buffalo, expect peak to just-past-peak foliage this weekend. Look for 85 percent color change and very bright shades of red and orange, along with splashes of green and gold. Some trees are holding on while others are starting to go bare.

In Niagara County, spotters in Lewiston predict peak to past-peak foliage this weekend, depending on the area, with nearly complete color change and a wide variety of muted to average fall leaves. Leaf change is nearly complete in Orleans County, according to Albion spotters. This weekend should see a bright mix of orange, yellow and red leaves.

On average, foliage across Long Island will be near peak this weekend, although the amount and stage of color change varies from location to location. The region’s roadways and parkways are starting to show nice foliage colors, although some stretches are just beginning with predominantly green leaves.

Leaves are changing quickly on western Long Island, according to spotters in Nassau County. Look for up to 75 percent color change and near-peak or peak foliage this weekend, with yellow, orange, red and purple leaves of average brilliance. The amount and stage of change varies by location. Mill Pond Park in Wantagh is now at peak, while spotters at Old Westbury Pond in Old Westbury predict less than 20 percent color change for the weekend, with brilliant gold, red, and rust leaves, along with a considerable amount of green leaves and some brown leaves.

On eastern Long Island, expect mostly near peak foliage this weekend. Spotters reporting from Riverhead in Suffolk County project 75 percent color change with bright yellow, orange, red, purple and green leaves. Peak foliage is expected at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon. Port Jefferson will be at midpoint of change.

Color change is still low in New York City. This weekend, expect around 25 percent color change and bright leaves of shades of yellow, orange and red. There was some leaf droppage from last week’s rain.

In the Catskills, Sullivan County spotters in Ferndale are predicting peak color this weekend, with 60 percent color change and pops of bright red and purple leaves, along with some green. In southeast Sullivan County, foliage spotters in Forestburgh expect leaves will be past peak. Look for muted yellow, gold and brown leaves, with some peak colors on Japanese Maple trees. Most of the foliage in the mountain areas of Greene County is now past-peak. The river towns should have some peak or just-past-peak foliage this weekend, with vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.

In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, foliage is now past peak, but travelers along the southwestern corner of Rte. 481 in Oswego County will be able to see a robust tree-line painted with muted greens, golds and pumpkin tones.

Other reporting stations around the state are now past peak.

 


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