Most areas of Catskills expected to be near peak by weekend

Albany, N.Y. - Beautiful peak fall colors continue to spread throughout the Adirondacks region, while fall colors at the midpoint to near peak stage hold on in the Catskills. Also, areas of peak color have been reported in parts of Central New York and the Chautauqua-Allegheny regions, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program.

In the Adirondacks region, Hamilton County foliage spotters in Indian Lake expect peak conditions for the weekend with nearly all of the leaves changed and generally muted shades of yellow, red and brown, along with some pockets of bright color. In Warren County, foliage spotters based in North Creek are calling for rapidly changing peak foliage, with 90 percent leaf change and nearly 100 percent change in elevations above 1000'. Look for bright red, orange and yellow leaves predominating. Foliage spotters in the southern portion of the county, around Lake George, expect to be approaching midpoint of color change with green still remaining and joined by subdued fall shades of yellow and orange. Expect near peak to peak foliage around Whiteface Mountain in Essex County with 80 percent color change and brilliant shades of red and orange.

Old Forge in Herkimer County projects just past peak foliage with near complete leaf transition and leaves of average brilliance with the golds and russets making a nice contrast to the evergreens, along with a few splashes of reds and oranges. Foliage has also peaked in Lake Placid in Essex County. Great color still remains; look for shades of orange, red, yellow and gold. Foliage will also be just past peak in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake area of Franklin County. Look for muted hues of goldenrod, russet, and copper amidst the ever diminishing green. Color change is still progressing steadily in the Lake Champlain area of Essex County. Expect 10-25 percent color change this weekend, with more fall colors in higher elevations than in the predominantly green valley.

In the Catskills region, color change has come on strong in Green County, where near peak to peak conditions and more than 80 percent color change are expected for the weekend. Predominating colors here are red with harvest gold and some purple. In Ulster County, foliage change approaching peak is projected for the Saugerties area with plenty of red, golds, oranges and yellows of average brilliance. Around Kingston, expect 60 percent change and bright yellow and shimmery gold leaves dotted with splashes of bright orange. Foliage here will be at midpoint of change, with near peak conditions in some isolated areas. Near peak foliage is holding on in Sullivan County. Foliage spotters based in Monticello expect up to 60 percent change with the remaining shades of green gradually being overtaken by leaves of burnt orange, goldenrod yellow and persimmon red. Delaware County will also still be near peak. Look for 70 percent leaf change with orange, gold, red and green leaves of average brilliance.

Near peak foliage is expected in Jefferson County in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Look for 70 percent color change and bright yellow, orange and some red leaves. Near peak to peak foliage is expected in the Piercefield area of St. Lawrence County, with more than 70 percent leaf change and orange and yellow fall colors. In the St. Lawrence Valley area of the county expect the stage of color change to be at midpoint with 45 percent leaf transition and the predominating fall colors of yellow and orange being joined by shades of red.

In the Central New York region, look for 70 percent color change and peak conditions in Broome County with bright golden yellow, burnt orange, crimson and green leaves. Peak leaves are predicted for Otsego County this weekend with yellow leaves predominating along with touches of red and orange. The leaves of Madison County should be 70 percent changed by this weekend and near peak. The predominating shades of bright orange and yellow are strongest around and just south of US Route 20. Expect midpoint to near peak foliage in southern Herkimer County where foliage spotters in Mohawk predict 70 percent color change and muted shades of yellow and a little orange, along with some beautiful rusts and pockets of red. Utica, in Oneida County, will be about 60 percent changed and at midpoint by the weekend, with muted shades of gold and bronze, highlighted with apricot and orange. In Chenango County, Norwich leaf peepers expect foliage at midpoint of change. Maples have started to change color, but most are still green. Look for yellow, orange and some red leaves of average brilliance. Schoharie County foliage will be around midpoint of change, with muted shades of red, brown and yellow.

In the Capital-Saratoga region, fall colors continue to come out in Albany County's Thacher Park area of Voorheesville. Expect 40-50 percent color change and midpoint conditions marked by bright shades of yellow and touches of reds. In Schenectady County, expect 45 percent color change with shades of yellow predominating. Foliage spotters in Saratoga County expect leaves to be near or at midpoint of color change and vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange visible throughout much of the area, with more change in higher elevations. Foliage in around the City of Albany will be at or approaching midpoint of change with 30 percent color transition and yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Midpoint fall colors are expected in Rensselaer County. Look for 35-50 percent color change in the southern and western parts of the county, and 50-65 percent change in the eastern and northern portions. Expect a great variety of colors including a wide range of reds, oranges and purples.

In the Greater Niagara region, Orleans County expects 50 percent color change with muted shades of yellow, gold and purple. Niagara County will be approaching midpoint of color change with 35 percent transition and fall shades of yellow and orange breaking through the predominantly green landscape. Erie County is projecting 30-35 percent color change and a mix of bright yellow/gold, purple, and green leaves joined by a hint of red. In Genesee County, expect 15-20 percent color change with fall colors of gold and yellow joined by increasing shades of red and orange.

In the Finger Lakes region, foliage change will be at midpoint to near peak in Chemung County, with 50-60 percent color transition. Fall colors are appearing everywhere in the county, marked by shades of red, orange and yellow of average brilliance. Onondaga County foliage spotters in Syracuse expect near peak conditions and bright fall shades of yellow, red and purple.  Seneca County will be at midpoint of change with 55 percent leaf transition and green, red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Ontario County will be at midpoint of color change with around 45 percent color transition marked by shades of yellow and gold, along with some bittersweet oranges and ruby reds. Look for some pockets of near peak foliage. Foliage spotters in Rochester and other parts of Monroe County are projecting between 30-40 percent of the leaves to be changed by the weekend. Foliage will range from beginning to midpoint of color change with predominating fall colors of yellow-green and yellow, along with some scattered red leaves on maples and some light-orange to orange colored leaves.

Steuben County will be at midpoint of change with 35-40 percent transition and fall shades of orange and yellow of average brilliance. Cortland County is expecting to be at or around midpoint of change by the weekend, with 30-35 percent color transition and touches of muted red and orange.

In Wayne County, foliage spotters are projecting 30 percent color change with red and gold leaves of average brilliance. Livingston County foliage spotters are calling for 25 percent leaf change with yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Tompkins County, look for 20 percent leaf change and some bright highlights of yellow, orange and red. Schuyler County projects 20 percent change with touches of red and purple leaves of average brilliance. Yates County expects 15 percent change and touches of orange leaves still beginning to emerge.

In the Hudson Valley, foliage change is just about at midpoint in Highland in southern Ulster County. Look for 45 percent color change and bright fall shades of yellow and red. Foliage spotters in Columbia County are calling for 40 percent change in the county's valley area and 50 percent in its northeastern portion. Fall colors reported are golden yellows and deep reds of average brilliance. In Dutchess County, expect conditions around midpoint of change with 40 percent color transition and muted colors, although there are some isolated pockets of bright orange and yellow leaves. Westchester County will be at about 35 percent color change with muted shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Orange County will also be at 35 percent color change with yellow, gold and some red leaves of average brilliance, along with some isolated patches of bright colors. Rockland County foliage spotters in Bear Mountain expect 15 percent color change while spotters in New City expect 10 percent change. Look for emerging shades of yellow, orange and red in both areas.

In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, expect 70 percent color change at Allegany State Park, where dull-to-average shades of yellow and red predominate. Trees on some hills are still very green while other hills have much more color. Foliage spotters in Cattaraugus County are predicting that conditions will be at peak by the weekend with 65 percent change and bright yellows and reds dominating. Chautauqua County should see about 35 percent color change with pale orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Allegheny County, Belmont foliage spotters expect 50-70 percent color change with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

On Long Island, Hamptons-based leaf peepers are projecting 35 percent color change with less change expected in western portion of Suffolk County, and Nassau County. New York City has yet to experience any significant foliage change.

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