Foliage change slowing down this week statewide

Foliage change slowed down in many areas of New York State over the past week, creating opportunities to see peak leaves in six of the state’s 11 vacation regions this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program. This weekend, look for peak colors in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Capital-Saratoga, Thousand Islands-Seaway and Central New York regions.

In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Chautauqua County spotters reporting from Chautauqua predict 85 percent color change and peak conditions this weekend. Look for bright orange, red and yellow leaves. In Cattaraugus County, it will be a good weekend for leaf peeping at Allegany State Park where foliage spotters expect near peak conditions with 65 percent color change and yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. The maples are the trees showing most of the colors while the oaks are still mostly green. In Little Valley, foliage spotters expect midpoint to near peak conditions this weekend with about 65 percent color change and an assortment of muted fall colors.

In the Greater Niagara region, most spotters expect midpoint to near peak foliage this weekend. In Erie County, Springville leaf peepers expect near peak foliage with over 80 percent color change and muted yellow leaves dominating. In the Buffalo area, look for midpoint to near peak foliage this weekend, with 45-50 percent color change and bright shades of golden yellow, burgundy, red and orange. More color can be seen south of the city. In Genesee County, expect near peak to peak foliage this weekend, with more than 50 percent color change and bright shades of orange and red. Foliage will be near peak in Niagara County, according to leaf peepers in Niagara Falls. Expect around 60 percent color change and an assortment of bright shades of yellow, red, and orange leaves.

Near peak foliage is expected in Orleans County, according to spotters in Albion. Look for an average of 75 percent color change with green, gold and red leaves of average brilliance. In Wyoming County, look for 50 percent color transition and leaves at midpoint of change with average shades of red, yellow and orange.

In Central New York, Broome County spotters reporting from Binghamton expect peak foliage this weekend with 60 percent color change and yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance.

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