After a hot summer, temperatures have cooled somewhat slower than normal with the onset of Fall. Above average temperatures are expected for much of October, meaning fall foliage season will be a little behind schedule, but that does not mean we won’t see vibrant colors here in Pennsylvania.
Recent heavy rain that has occurred in much of the state over the past few months may mean we see less bright reds, and more yellows and oranges. Areas of northern and western Pennsylvania that dodged the heavy rain may be treated with the best colors this foliage season. But there is still a chance for the rest of us, thanks to the recent very dry stretch of weather and cool, crisp early fall mornings.
2021 FALL FOLIAGE FORECAST
Looking to go on a drive or hike one of these October or early November weekends? There are many state parks and forests around the state that offer great scenery from waterfall to vistas. Below is an interactive map showing all of Pennsylvania’s State Parks.
But when should you plan your weekend fall foliage adventure? Good question, details below.
2021 FALL FOLIAGE PEAK DATES FORECAST
Area A: Fall foliage is expected to peak the week of October 10th – 16th. These Northern PA high elevations will peak first due to being the coldest areas in the state.
Area B: Fall foliage is anticipated to peak the week of October 17th – 23rd. Ridges will peak a few days before valleys.
Area C: Fall foliage is expected to peak the week of October 24th – 30th.
Area D: Fall foliage is anticipated to peak the week of October 31st – November 6th.
Get outside before the weather turns cold and the leaves fall! Our first look at winter will come right after Halloween!
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