As fall foliage colors fade in the central Adirondacks this weekend, they will be brightening toward peak spectacle in the greater Schenectady area.
In its sixth fall foliage report of the season, Empire State Development's I Love NY program is calling for peak foliage colors in six of the state's 11 vacation regions for the coming weekend.
The state reports, issued each Wednesday during the fall tourism season, are based on observations by "spotters" stationed throughout the state who observe color changes and predict how their regions will develop through the coming weekend.
It appears that the speed of change from summer's green to fall splendor slowed down in many regions of the state over the past week, according to the report. As a result, peak to near-peak foliage conditions will be visible on the fringes of the Adirondacks, the Catskills and in the Capital Region this weekend.
In the Adirondacks, Essex County spotters in Schroon Lake expect that area to be at peak this weekend, with 80 percent color change and bright gold leaves. In Crown Point, spotters predict near-peak to peak foliage, with 80 percent to 100 percent color change and average-to-bright gold and yellow leaves, along with shades of orange and red.
In Ticonderoga, leaves will be peak to past-peak by the weekend, as will be the case in the Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid areas.
Peak colors are expected in northern Warren County, according to spotters in Chester and Hague, but past-peak vistas will dominate Hamilton County, according to spotters in Lake Pleasant. Subdued shades of yellow and orange remain, but there has been considerable leaf droppage, according to the I Love NY report.
Foliage will also be past peak in Old Forge.
Color change has been slow over the past week in parts of the Catskills, and some areas are holding on to peak and near-peak colors.
Foliage spotters reporting from Schoharie in Schoharie County predict near-peak leaves this weekend, with about 75 percent color change and bright yellow, orange and red leaves, along with some highlights of purple.
Leaves will be around midpoint of change this weekend in Montgomery County, according to spotters at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
In the Altamont area of Albany County, leaves will be peak to past peak this weekend, with average shades of gold and yellow. Some areas have better colors than others, and there are pockets of predominantly green trees.