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Colorful fall foliage slowly emerging in Southern Tier and Central New York


Beautiful fall colors continue to arrive across New York State, with near-peak leaves expected to make their first appearances this weekend in parts the Adirondacks. This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

  • In the Southern Tier, spotters in Owego anticipate 15% leaf change with green, yellow and some orange leaves of average brilliance.
  • Chenango County foliage reporters in Norwich are predicting up to 40% change this weekend with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.
  • Broome County spotters in Binghamton are predicting 25% leaf change with bright green leaves accented by pops of red, orange and yellow.
  • In the Finger Lakes, Steuben County spotters in Corning, Hammondsport,Hornell and Bath predict up to 40% change this weekend with yellow, red and orange leaves continuing to emerge through the green landscape.
  • Chemung County spotters in Elmira expect 35% leaf change with bright shades of red, orange and yellow becoming more prominent.
  • In Cayuga County, spotters in Auburn predict up to 25% change with mostly yellow and brown leaves.
  • In Tompkins County, Ithaca foliage reports predict 20% change with orange leaves of average brilliance, along with some dark red and yellow leaves popping out from the green treetops. Spotters note that more color change is taking place on Rt. 89 along the west side of Cayuga Lake than is on area hillsides.
  • In Onondaga County, spotters reporting from Burnet Park in Syracuse predict more than 30% color change with some average to bright red leaves appearing over various shades of green.
  • Schuyler County spotters reporting from Watkins Glen and Hector expect more than 5% change with some tinges of muted yellow and orange emerging on the tops of maple trees.