Colorful peak foliage will spread throughout the Finger Lakes, and debut in the western portion of the Greater Niagara region and areas of the Hudson Valley, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Wind and rain in parts of the state are expected to contribute to additional leaf droppage.
Foliage in many areas of the Finger Lakes region is expected to reach peak this weekend. In Monroe County, spotters reporting from the Rochester suburb of Brighton expect peak to just past peak foliage with 70-75 percent color change and clusters of green-light green, yellow and gold leaves, along with shades of red and russet. The yellow-leafed trees are beginning to be more prevalent, providing warm shades of gold despite increased leaf droppage. Spotters reporting from north of Rochester near Lake Ontario are calling for near peak foliage with 70 percent color change and yellow and green leaves of average brilliance. Trees in the area range from almost bare to green leaves.
In Cortland County foliage will be at peak this weekend. Expect 65 percent color change and various shades of orange. Ontario County spotters are predicting 90 percent color change and peak foliage by the weekend with a muted to average mix of orange, yellow, red and brown hues. Mostly subdued in tone, occasional bright trees can be spotted creating pops of color. The view is fantastic from high elevations such as atop Bristol Mountain or from Harriet Hollister Spencer Park, as well as lakefront areas like Seneca Lake State Park. In Onondaga County, spotters reporting from the Onondaga Creekwalk in Syracuse are calling for 75-90 percent color change with peak to just past peak leaves of brilliant yellow with hints of orange and red. Spotters reporting from the campus of Syracuse University expect 50-60 percent color change with average shades of yellow and orange, along with a few reds, and near peak foliage.
Steuben County foliage will be at peak this weekend, according to spotters in Corning. Expect nearly complete leaf transition and bright red, burgundy, gold, yellow and orange leaves. Tioga County spotters reporting from Owego are calling for peak conditions with 90 percent color change and red, orange, green, brown and yellow leaves. Overall, foliage will be peak in Tompkins County, according to spotters in Ithaca. Color change is nearly complete and, depending on the hill, the colors are either at peak or slightly past peak, with deep shades of purple and varying shades of red, yellow, orange and brown. Livingston County spotters checking in from Geneseo expect peak to just past peak foliage with more than 60 percent color change and average to bright yellow, gold and crimson leaves.
Schuyler County leaf peepers in Watkins Glen predict near peak foliage with 80-90 percent color change and muted shades of orange and red. Spotters in Auburn are also predicting near peak foliage this weekend in Cayuga County. Expect 70 percent color change and green, orange, red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Yates County, spotters in Rushville say foliage will be 30-35 percent changed with mostly green leaves, along with reds and yellows of average brilliance.