Fall foliage forecast

fall color map

After a slow start to autumn in the Northeast, the region is likely to enjoy colorful fall leaves for a shorter period than normal this year.

Meanwhile, the Midwestern states will more than make up for the loss, with a vibrant and long-lasting display predicted.

“Similar to last year, it may be a slow start to color in the Northeast given the warmer-than-normal weather forecast for most of the end of September,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said.

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New England is forecast to reach its peak around early to mid-October while areas farther south peak closer to late October and early November.

“Vibrancy should be better than last year, though, as this summer was not as wet and we expect a drier fall,” he said.

In the Midwest, rainfall and temperatures over the summer were fairly close to normal.

This means the foliage is likely to turn on time and will be a treat for those heading to the region to take in the picturesque landscapes.

The only risk to the display will be the chance for active weather on a few occasions.

“Perhaps there’s a slightly higher chance for early leaf drop caused by wind events in October,” Vido said.

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