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FOLIAGE REPORT: Explore the Finger Lakes as colors of fall arrive!

Colors are finally being spotted around the region; and this weekend – the weather should cooperate at least 50 percent of the time.

Get out and enjoy fall in the Finger Lakes. Check out the latest foliage reports below to plan your getaway!

Finger Lakes


In the Finger Lakes, Chemung County reports from Elmira predict 75% change and near-peak leaves by the weekend, with average shades of yellow and orange. Foliage change will range between midpoint and near-peak in Steuben County. Spotters in Corning and Bath expect 60% color change, while reports from Hornell and Canisteo predict 70% transition. Leaves throughout the county are bright shades of orange, gold, yellow, and red. Cortland County foliage observers project 50% color change with touches of red and orange leaves. Look for 50% color change around Canandaigua in Ontario County with yellow, red, and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Tioga County, foliage in Owego will be 50% changed this weekend with muted red and yellow leaves.

Tompkins County observers in Ithaca anticipate up to 45% leaf transition by this weekend with foliage in some areas approaching midpoint of change. Look for some bright reds along with some bright yellows in areas with the highest amount of color change. Areas with 35-40% color change still have a fair amount of green with hints of reds and lots of yellow along with some bronze. Cayuga County spotters in Auburn project 45% leaf change with bright yellow, red, and orange leaves. In Livingston County, reports from Geneseo expect foliage to be at midpoint of change this weekend with 40-45% color transition. Most trees now have some fall color; shades include orange, red, and burgundy.

In Rochester and surrounding Monroe County communities, look for 30-35% foliage change this weekend with mostly green leaves highlighted by yellow, red, and dark red leaves of varying brilliance. The yellows, oranges, reds, and dark reds will only get better. A couple of bright copper colored trees have been seen; more will follow them. North of Rochester, spotters in Greece anticipate 35% color change by the weekend; an increasing number of trees are showing yellow and light green leaves. Look for isolated pockets of red and orange leaves emerging. Schuyler County observers in Watkins Glen expect up to 35% change. Cooler evening temperatures mean a rapidly increasing amount of yellow and light orange leaves on many trees throughout the county, particularly on hilltops.

In Wayne County, Lyons can expect 30% change by the weekend with some muted red and orange leaves. Up to 30% of the leaves will be changed in the higher elevations of Yates County, with some bright red and yellow leaves overtaking the fading green canopy. Foliage change in the county’s lowest elevations will be considerably less, with many remaining green leaves. Reports from the Ontario County town of Farmington project 25-35% color change this weekend with shades of yellow and burgundy. Around the Syracuse University campus in Onondaga County, expect 25% color change with some yellows and oranges of average brilliance. Seneca County observers project 20% color change with mostly green leaves and touches of yellow and red.

Central New York

In Central New York, reports from Norwich in Chenango County predict 85% color transition and near-peak foliage with mostly yellow-brown leaves and pops of red and orange. Foliage in the Schoharie County village of Middleburgh will be near-peak with 80% color transition and red, yellow, and rust leaves of average brilliance. In Montgomery County, observers at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter expect leaves to be at midpoint of change. Look for 50% transition with bright shades of orange coming through mostly average shades of yellow and red.

In Otsego County, Cooperstown observers project 45% change this weekend with some orange leaves among primarily yellow and green foliage. Travelers will find more color changes in areas away from lakesides. Broome County spotters in Binghamton project 45% change this weekend with touches of red, yellow, and light green leaves. In Madison County, spotters reporting from Oxbow Falls County Park in the town of Canastota project at least 40% change this weekend with mostly orange leaves, along with a few reds and yellows of average brilliance. Observers in the southern Herkimer County village of Mohawk expect up to 30% color transition with some trees displaying vibrant colors, while most of the area continues to showcase light yellows and reds. Oneida County reports from Utica expect 30% color change with increasing orange, red, and purple tones.

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