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First reports of fall colors spotted across New York State

There are signs that fall is coming across New York, even though the forecast may not make it feel like it.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In the second update of ILOVENY.COM's New York Fall Foliage Map, leaf peepers have reported the first fall colors of the season across portions of New York State (NYS). 

For the week of Sept. 15 through Sept. 21, patchy fall colors can be expected across the Catskills, Adirondacks and Southern Tier. A less than 10 percent change is expected everywhere else across NYS. 

The most vibrant fall colors for this week are expected across the Adirondacks and 1000 Islands Seaway, aka the far northern points of the state. This follows climatology and previous years as, typically, fall colors and the changing of the leaves occurs from north to south and in regions of a higher elevation. 

ILOVENY.COM's map is made through the culmination of visual reports from volunteer spotters and archived data from previous years. This year too, "I LOVE NY" is urges those who plan on traveling to view fall colors to follow COVID related health and safety guidelines. 

You can view ILOVENY.COM's New York Fall Foliage Map here. Updates will be made available every Wednesday from now through the end of the season.