Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall colors spread east in Virginia

Fall colors are entering their prime now in the southern and central Appalachian chain! Foliage spotters are now reporting "Moderate Color" for the western Piedmont to the West Virginia-Virginia state line, with "Low Color" for the rest of Virginia:

Ideal conditions have been in place for great Fall colors. The favorable factors include: last week's stretch of cool nights and sunny afternoons, combined with previous recent rains that keep the ground moist. In addition, leaf drop remains very low in central and eastern Virginia, with most of the leaves approaching peak colors remaining on the trees right now:

(Maps provided by foliage spotters at The Foliage Network)
Virginia forest experts predict this Fall season in our region will be ideal for leaf peeping and excellent color change through the rest of October into November. We are still on track for peak colors to occur right on cue for an average Fall season in Virginia:

This weekend's dry, sunny weather will be perfect for exploring the changing colors across Virginia! Get outdoors and enjoy if you can!
--Meteorologist Carrie Rose