The first signs of near peak fall colors are expected in areas of the Adirondacks region this weekend, along with colors approaching or at midpoint of change in certain parts of the Catskills region, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Colors at Midpoint of Change Arriving in Catskills This is the third 2011 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon. Albany, N.Y. - The first signs of near peak fall colors are expected in areas of the Adirondacks region this weekend, along with colors approaching or at midpoint of change in certain parts of the Catskills region, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. This weekend in the Adirondacks, look for fall colors approaching peak in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake area of Franklin County. Foliage spotters there expect 60-65 percent color change, with predominant shades of copper, mustard, goldenrod and pumpkin along with sporadic hues of raspberry and Navajo red. In Essex County, Lake Placid observers predict 30 percent color change by this weekend, with shades of orange and yellow and a hint of red starting to show. The stage of color change will be between beginning and midpoint here, as it will in the Indian Lake area of Hamilton County, which expects 25-30 percent color change marked by hushed tones of brown and yellow. In the Old Forge area of Herkimer County, expect around 20 percent leaf change as burgundies and splashes of red and orange start to pop out from the still predominantly green landscape. In Wilmington, Essex County, foliage observers at Whiteface Mountain expect about only about 10 percent color change for the coming weekend. Significant color change approaching midpoint is also expected for parts of the Catskills region. Most of Delaware County should see 40 percent leaf change by the weekend, with bright orange, red and gold leaves. Sullivan County is also calling for 40 percent color change, with bright caramel and mustard-colored leaves, along with apple red highlights, starting to take over from the predominately green landscape. In the Saugerties area of Ulster County, foliage spotters are predicting 30-40 percent color change by the weekend, with bright fall colors of yellow, gold and some deep red. In the Kingston area of the county, look for 25-30 percent change with yellow being the predominating fall color along with touches of dark burgundy. Greene County is still mostly green, with 20 percent color change expected for the weekend marked by fall highlights of red and yellow just emerging. Foliage change in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region should be moderate by the weekend, although some northern and higher elevation portions could see conditions approaching midpoint of change. In St. Lawrence County, the Piercefield area in the Adirondacks is expecting 40 percent color change, with orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. In the St. Lawrence Valley area, green will remain the predominating color, with 20 percent color change expected and fall colors of yellow, orange and a little red. Alexandria Bay foliage spotters in Jefferson County are calling for 20 percent color change, with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. In northern Oswego County along the Salmon River, a warm palette of yellows and oranges mixed with bright greens dominates the landscape. Leaf spotters predict more color in the northern areas this weekend with 40 percent color change. Along Lake Ontario, the Oswego River and Oneida Lake look for scattered yellows and reds, with a 20 percent color change. Foliage change in the Central New York region is still in the beginning stages. In Broome County, foliage spotters in Binghamton are calling for 25 percent change, with bright yellow, red and orange leaves. In Madison County, the cool crisp nights have started the leaf color transition and foliage spotters there expect 20 percent change by the weekend, with more change in the southern hills of the county and less near the Thruway and Oneida Lake. Otsego County also predicts 20 percent color change, as touches of dull yellow leaves continue to emerge. In Oneida County, the landscape is still mostly green. Expect 15-20 percent color change by the weekend, with some yellow and amber leaves starting to appear along with hints of red and orange. Chenango County expects 15 percent color change, with mostly green leaves accented by hints of yellow and orange leaves of dull brilliance. In Southern Herkimer County, also look for 15 percent change with dull leaves of yellow, brown and some orange starting to highlight the tips of branches. In the Hudson Valley, expect 25 percent leaf change in the southern Ulster County town of Highland. Foliage there is marked by bright and beautiful yellow and red highlights peeking through the green landscape. In Orange County, spotters in Goshen expect 15 percent color change with some patches of yellow, gold and little red. Westchester County is also expecting 15 percent color change, while color transition in Columbia County will range from 10 percent near the Hudson River to 15 percent in the northeast part of county. Look for hints of golden yellow and deep red beginning to emerge. Spotters in the Dutchess County City of Poughkeepsie predict just around 10 percent color change with some leaves of deep burgundy and chocolate starting to show. Capital-Saratoga region leaf peepers predict a wide range of foliage change in the early stages for the coming weekend. Leading the pack is Schenectady, which should see between 20 and 30 percent color transition marked by bright red and yellow leaves. Fall color predicted for Albany County ranges from 5 percent in the City of Albany, to up to 20 percent in the Thacher Park area of Voorheesville. Look for bright shades of yellow and touches of red. In Saratoga County, foliage spotters in Saratoga Springs expect around 10 percent color change with pockets of red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Look for up to 10 percent color change in Rensselaer County. While fall color there remains low, more fall hues are starting to show in the Eastern and Northern parts of the county and in the higher elevations, where up to 15 percent of the leaves should be changed by the weekend. Finger Lakes leaf peepers in Tioga County predict 25 percent color change with dull shades of yellow starting to take over from the mostly green landscape. Look for up to 25 percent color change in Cortland County, with touches of orange leaves of average brilliance. Chemung County foliage spotters are calling for 20-25 percent color change this weekend, as more shades of yellow, along with occasional tinges of orange and a few more reds, start to mix into the predominately green view. In Ontario County, 15 percent color change is predicted with mostly yellow leaves of average brilliance emerging from the treetops. Seneca County is predicting more than 10 percent color change with yellow and red highlights of average brilliance, and Wayne County expects 10 percent color change with touches of red. In the Syracuse area of Onondaga County, look for 10 percent change with traces of yellow beginning to emerge. In Rochester and the surrounding area, up to 10 percent color change is predicted as trees are just beginning to show a smattering of shades of yellow and red. Steuben and Cayuga counties expect 10 percent foliage change; in Steuben look for touches of yellow and orange; in Cayuga expect splashes of gold and red. Other reporting stations in the region expect less than 10 percent color change. Foliage change in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region is also still in the early stages. Up to 25 percent color change is predicted for the Little Valley area of Cattaraugus County as shades of yellow, red and orange of average brilliance start to come to the fore of the predominately green landscape. In the Chautauqua area of Chautauqua County, look for 20 percent foliage change with some pale orange leaves starting to show. In the Allegany State Park portion of the Cattaraugus County, foliage spotters are calling for just 5-10 percent color change by the weekend. In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Niagara County expect 15 percent color change, with a limited amount of yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Orleans County expects 10 percent color change with some yellow leaves of average brilliance, and Erie County anticipates 10 percent color change. Look for up to 10 percent change in Genesee County with yellow and gold leaves starting to appear on branch tips. On Long Island, up to 15 percent color change is expected out in The Hamptons, with touches of dull brown leaves. Other reporting stations are predicting less than 10 percent color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at www.iloveny.com. You may also hear highlights of the foliage report by dialing (800) CALL-NYS. 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