The Empire Center released their updated findings on the gorgeous fall foliage from throughout the state, which was highlighted by near-peak conditions throughout the Finger Lakes.
According to the Empire Center’s October 19th assessment:
“Many areas of the Finger Lakes region will be awash in gorgeous peak and near peak foliage this weekend. Spotters in Syracuse, in Onondaga County, are taking into account expected wind and rain and predict that this weekend will be the best for leaf peeping in the area. Look for more than 50 percent color change and many shades of yellow, red and purple. You can expect peak foliage conditions in Livingston County, according to spotters in Geneseo. Color change should be about 60 percent as the shades of yellow from the early fall are being overtaken by the more brilliant reds and burgundy. The wide variety of trees standing side by side in various stages of color change is making for striking views in every direction. Steuben County spotters predict just about complete foliage transition and peak leaves in the Corning and Hornell areas, and about 75 percent color change and near peak conditions around Keuka Lake. Look for very intense reds, oranges, golds and yellows. Foliage will be peak in Tompkins County this weekend, according to spotters in Ithaca. Look for red, green and brown leaves of average brilliance, along with many shades of yellow and orange.Cortland County leaf peepers expect peak foliage this weekend with 75 percent color change and bright orange and green leaves.”