Fall foliage has started to pop across the commonwealth as the sun angle continues to lower, and cooler temperatures have been common. While today was rather warm, the next few weeks look cool and sunny – which will contribute to some vivid foliage. This weekend may bring some areas’ their first frost or freeze, but a hard freeze is not in the cards until October 15-20th.
We have seen fast progress statewide, but most pronounced across high elevations. The Northern PA Mountains and Laurel Highlands are on tap to see peak foliage colors next week, so a trip this weekend is a great idea!
Across Western PA and the ridge and valley sections of Central and Eastern PA, about 30-50% of tree species have begun to change. These areas are still about two weeks away from peak color.
The valleys of Southern Pennsylvania and the immediate Lake Erie shoreline are just beginning to see change in foliage colors. But with the cooler days ahead, we now expect peak fall foliage about a week ahead of our forecast posted in late September.
Area A: Peak fall foliage is expected the week of October 9 – 15th, 2022.
Area B: Peak fall foliage is anticipated the week of October 16 – 22nd, 2022.
Area C: Peak fall foliage is expected the week of October 23 – 29th, 2022.
Area D: Peak fall foliage is anticipated the week of October 30th – November 5th, 2022.
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