The colors are starting to change! Look outside and you’ll still see lots of green, but it’s heavily punctuated with yellows, reds, and spots of orange, especially on the sugar maples. This week’s seasonal weather will hurry things along. The highs this weekend will be in the 60s with some nights dipping into the 40s. The lower temps at night should bring us some color. In fact, according to Smoky Mountain National Park’s Fall Foliage Prediction Map, we should be seeing near peak leaves this weekend and next week. Look for peak color coverage from the 15th-25th.
The temperature should be great for a hike this weekend, perhaps from a trailhead along the Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the forecast looking a little rainy, plan ahead and pack your poncho, or stop by the Staunton Visitor Center downtown to pick one up (limited supply). You’ll notice that even the trees at higher elevations still show some green, but The Virginia Department of Forestry suggests that the green will soon be changing as limited daylight shuts down chlorophyll production. Though all deciduous trees change color and drop their leaves, the intensity of the show varies every year.
Check back every week for our updated fall foliage report.