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Here's what leaves will look like this weekend

Here's what leaves will look like this weekend

'There is some color on some trees, but there's still a lot of green'

Muted colors are on New York's autumn palette, according to the latest I Love New York fall foliage report.

"Warmer weather may be affecting the leaf changes we're seeing," said Eric Scheffel of Empire State Development, which issues the weekly updates. "We're seeing leaves dropping on some trees without changing and others falling to the ground prematurely."

Scheffel on Wednesday said there are some bright spots in the new report — parts of the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York and the Thousand Islands Seaway will have good color this weekend.


Schenectady County spots are at about 20 percent change. Saratoga Springs observers say a 35 percent color change is underway.

Columbus Day weekend is considered one of the best weekends to peek and peep. Lake George is still expecting visitors.

"As far as foliage goes, there's a little color, not as much as we're accustomed to seeing at this point," Amanda Metzger, marketing manager for the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday. "What we are enjoying is beautiful sunshine. It was a gorgeous day today."

While Lake George may not be well-stocked in oranges and yellows, Metzger said there has been a lot of blue in a clear sky.

She also said the recent warm weather of late September and early October has brought people to the Lake George area.

"We think it may have made up for some of the cooler and wet weather that may have kept people away in August," Metzger said, adding that on Sept. 17, 217 people launched boats at the Million Dollar Beach. That was the biggest single-day launch number of the summer season.

Metzger said travelers are still coming to town this weekend. She said people have been calling the chamber and inquiring about hotels with available rooms.

"They're all booked up," Metzger said of some places. "They'll call us and see if we have any hotels on our vacancy lists."

She also said: "There is some color on some trees, but there's still a lot of green. There's still a lot of blue. We're having beautiful weather and the water temperature is still warm."

Here are expected color conditions around the Capital Region and in the Adirondacks:

  • Lake Placid area, Essex County: Foliage will be at peak with 95 percent to 100 percent color change with a mix of brown, orange, maroon and yellow leaves.
  • Schroon Lake, Essex County: Foliage will be near midpoint with 35 percent color change.
  • Saranac Lake, Franklin County: Color change is expected at 80 percent, with red, orange and yellow showing.
  • Inlet, Hamilton County: Spotters expect 75 percent color change, with conditions at past peak. "Colors are slightly flat, but cooler temperatures and a little rain seem to be bringing out the yellows and oranges," the report reads.
  • Old Forge, Herkimer County: Midpoint-to-near-peak conditions are expected, with 60 percent color change and dark red, orange, yellow and golds in the trees.
  • Warren County: Leaves are primarily green, with scattered oranges, rusts, yellows and reds. Up to 40 percent color change is expected this weekend in northern parts of the county, and up to 35 percent change in southern areas.
  • Cooperstown, Otsego County: Foliage expected at midpoint to near peak with 50 to 60 percent of colors changed.
  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter: Forty percent leaf change is expected and foliage is expected at midpoint with some vibrant shades of yellow and orange expected.
  • Howe Caverns, Schoharie County: Color change is expected at 30 percent to 40 percent, with red, orange and yellow leaves.
  • Northville, Fulton County: A 45 percent color change is expected with subdued shades of yellow and brown.
  • Altamont, Albany County: Thacher State Park is expected to see a 40 percent to 60 percent color change and midpoint conditions.
  • Saratoga Springs: A 35 percent color change has put the area in the midpoint range with bursts of red, burgundy, deep orange and bright yellow.
  • Hudson Valley, Columbia County: Spotters in Hudson expect golden-orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance, and a 35 percent to 45 percent color change.

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124, wilkin@dailygazette.com or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter.

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