WARREN, Pa. – With the calendar turning to October, the leaves are also turning in Northwest Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage season is in full swing, with peak colors expected in about a week.
“We’ve really started setting up, people can feel fall in the air,” said Cecile Stetler of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “We have ideal conditions right now that set us up for some good fall foliage We’re starting to see the color coming on. The colors will peak around the 11th (of October) and start to fade around the 20th.”
In a preview of what is to come, hillsides and forests are dotted and blushed with color, according to the fall foliage report by the DCNR for the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania. Some sumacs are beginning to display their brilliant red color, while scattered maples are showing a mix of red, orange, and yellow. Virginia creeper vine is also sporting its fall color, especially against dark backgrounds.
According to the DCNR, the states along the northern tier are approaching their best colors. Those counties, from east to west, are Wayne, Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga, Potter and McKean.
Warren is in the “starting to change” category this week.
“The timing is pretty typical for this area,” Stetler said. “We’re going to see some bright spots. The unique part about Pennsylvania is that we have over 120 different tree species. I think that brings added color and added beauty. Pennsylvania is such a diverse state that if you miss it in one are, you can drive a couple hours and see it in the next area.”