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NYS Foliage report says stunning peak foliage predicted

In the Greater Niagara Region (most of Western New York), spotters say foliage will vary between peak and near-peak in Buffalo and the surrounding communities.
Credit: ILoveNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York State issued a new foliage report on Wednesday, saying that they are predicting stunning peak foliage in most of Upstate New York for the week of October 14-20.

"Beautiful fall colors continue to appear across New York State, with gorgeous peak leaves expected in most upstate regions this weekend, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program," the website reports.

In the Greater Niagara Region (most of Western New York), spotters say foliage will vary between peak and near-peak in Buffalo and the surrounding communities

"In the Greater Niagara region, Erie County spotters in East Aurora expect 80% color change by the weekend, with shades of yellow and a touch of red against the remaining green leaves. Reports from Springville and Boston predict 90% change and just-past-peak foliage. While leaves have lost their brilliance from last week, many remain on trees. Foliage will vary between peak and near-peak in Buffalo and the surrounding communities, but look for an average of 60% transition, with color change slightly progressed south of the city compared to north of Buffalo.

In Wyoming County, reports from Warsaw predict 85% change and peak foliage this weekend, with bright seasonal colors. In Genesee County, spotters in Batavia predict peak foliage with 80% change. In Niagara County, Niagara Falls should see peak foliage and more than 75% change. Lewiston spotters expect 75% color change and peak foliage with increasing amounts of red as maple leaves become more prominent. Spotters in Orleans County from Albion expect 50% change this weekend, with near-peak conditions, but heavy rain and wind have caused significant leaf droppage."

As for the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters report that Ellicottville is nearing a complete color change with bright shades of burnt orange and yellow, plus some deep purple accents.

"In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Chautauqua County foliage spotters predict peak colors this weekend. Cattaraugus County spotters in Ellicottville predict past-peak foliage with nearly complete color change and bright shades of burnt orange and yellow, plus some deep purple accents."

The New York Fall Foliage Report will help you stay up to date on fall colors in NY with our map and newsletter. Learn more about fall foliage in New York.