Tonawanda News — This weekend is the perfect time for fall foliage watchers to head to central New York as peak color changes are expected to hit the region, observers for Empire State Development’s I Love New York program said.
Significant color changes are also expected in the Chautaqua-Allegheny, Capital-Saratoga and Finger Lakes regions, while peak color changes are declining in the Adirondacks and Catskills areas.
In Buffalo, spotters expect a 40 percent to 45 percent color change this weekend with shades of orange being predominant. In Niagara County, a 50 percent color change is expected with lots of reds and oranges.
The Capital-Saratoga region will see a 90 percent to 100 percent color change in the Fulton County communities of Northville and Benson, especially in the lower elevations. Eastern and northern Rensselaer County and Saratoga, Schenectady and Albany counties are also expected to see significant color changes.
In central New York, spotters are predicting a near complete leaf transition by the weekend in southern Herkimer County with average to bright red, orange and yellow colors. Northern Oneida County should see peak and some past peak conditions with orange, amber, gold and bronze colors predominating. The Greater Binghamton area and Chenango County will be at peak condition this weekend and heavy rain will move Otsego County past peak conditions. Madison county will be near peak at 65 percent color change.
Spotters said most of the Chautaqua-Allegheny region will be near peak or past peak this weekend. Allegany State Park will be at about 90 percent color change and Cattaraugus County will be at 85 percent color change, though strong winds in that area have knocked a majority of leaves down. In Chautauqua County, spotters expect a 50 percent color change with muted orange and red leaves.
In the Finger Lakes region, there will be 80 percent color change in Tioga County with yellow, orange and green leaves of “average brilliance.” Cortland and Livingston counties are expected to be past peak. Chemung County should be near peak with 85 percent color change and Seneca and Cayuga counties will be at 75 percent. Onondaga and Tompkins counties are expected to be at 50 percent to 60 percent color change for the weekend.
Look for 40 to 50 percent color changes throughout Essex Wayne, Ontario, Oswego Monroe, Steuben and Yates counties, the release said. Expect past peak conditions in the Adirondacks region, Warren, Greene and Delaware counties, Old Forge, Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid, Keane Valley, Lanesville, Tannersville, and Hunter.
For up-to-date foliage color reports, visit at www.iloveny.com or call 800-225-5697.