The Adirondacks are approaching color peak

The color has come a long way through the Adirondacks this past week.


What do you want to know

  • Some areas of the Adirondacks will approach peak this weekend
  • Sunday will be the best day to observe the leaves outdoors
  • Cooler than normal temperatures next week will cause the leaves to change faster

Before we dive into this week’s “ILoveNY” Foliage Report, can we talk about the snow that fell in the Adirondacks on the second day of fall?

A departing storm brought cold air from Canada and turned rain to snow on the high peaks of the Adirondacks. This brought light buildup to tree branches over 3,500 feet.

This created a rare and beautiful site of snow-capped peaks and low-lying vibrant foliage for a brief period on Friday morning before the snow melted.

(Photo by Janet Thomas – Looking towards Algonquin Peak)

Last week’s colder than average temperatures have really caused a color change in the mountains. Fall color is also becoming more visible in the rest of the state.

(Empire State Development / ILoveNY)

With cool nights and cool days expected throughout the weekend, don’t be surprised if areas near Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths and Lake Placid are close to peaking by Sunday. Peak color could arrive next week for these locations, given the forecast.

(Photo by Janet Thomas – North Elba, NY)

The Southern Adirondacks are also looking a bit more buoyant compared to last week, with some areas approaching the middle of this weekend.

(Photo by Instagram: @noxonphotography – Lake Desolation, NY)

Foliage across the Catskills is also increasing. Some locations in Greene County may have passed the middle of this weekend.

(Photo of Bentley Potter – Hunter, NY)

We’ll see some color variation this weekend across the rest of the state, but it’s definitely going to be more noticeable than last week.

(Photo of VisitSchoharieCounty – Warnerville, NY)

Many locations will be dry all weekend, however, areas south of the Thruway on Saturday may experience wet weather from the remnants of Hurricane Ian. The showers appear to give way to dry weather for the whole of Sunday with below normal temperatures expected.

Speaking of cooler than average temperatures, the long-term outlook for next week calls for more fresh air. That could lead to another week of rapid leaf change across the state.

We’d love to see your photos of fall foliage from across the state. You can share them using the Spectrum News app.

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Carol N. Valencia