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Best weekend for leaf color changes this weekend

Many parks at peak now and changing quickly

Columbus (WCMH) - The weekend is here, and it is not going to be the warmest of weekends.  But after every weekend in October had at least rain showers if not more moderate rains around.  Also, after a very warm and wet September, and the warmest 1st third of October, color changes have been slow.

We are running nearly 2-3 weeks behind at most state parks if not a bit more. By this point normally almost the entire state should be past peak for leaf colors, so if you haven't been out yet, now is the time!

The weather over the next week is really going to help not only accelerate all the rest of the leaf colors, but it may also knock a lot of the leaves off the trees.  We have a few more chances of rain, colder temps, and even some breezy thunderstorms.

As the leaves are a bit more brittle at this point, many of the trees will be a lot thinner within a week.  Bottom line, get out there and soak up the incredible colors that are showing all over the state!

According to the ODNR Fall Color reports from the state parks, Beaver Creek is at peak now!

Also, off to the east, Dillon and Blue Rock State Parks are near peak too. 

Grand Lake to the west, Great Seal SP to the south, and Harrison Lake in the northwest part of the state are all at peak.  Hocking Hills should peak starting by the end of this weekend.

Many other spots in the state are just about there.  The fall reports are done in the middle of each week, and with the cool temps, we should see the colors enhancing quickly.

Even if a park on this list is near peak, it is possible after our weather over the next week, we could have parks go from near peak, to past peak from the weekly updates.

To the south, many spots are at peak right now too!   

Weather wise, we are going to see rain returning Sunday night, Monday, Tuesday.  Tuesday could have breezy to windy conditions with some of the storms along the cold front.  A 2nd frontal boundary comes through Thursday night, bringing a brief chance of rain/snow showers.

  

Then even colder temps are expected heading into next weekend.  In fact, the 6-10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (Nov 8-12) shows that dip in temps through the mid-section of the country.

Enjoy all the awesome colors this weekend...

Pack a warm sweater, and a clean pair of shoes if you can to change out of the muddy ones!  Much of our area picked up more than half of our normal November rainfall in 1 day.  Plus we had a wet Halloween to push most of the area at 2-3" of rainfall in the past few days.

If you find out that there is still a great spot to check out, and you want to spread the wealth of this great spot, let me know.  I can spread the word and add it to the list.  Where is your favorite spot?

Also, when you are out and about and snap a great photo of the colors anytime this season, I would LOVE to see them.  I would also love to share them too!  Use our Storm Team 4 Weather app to share, send me a message on social media (tag me @davidnbc4 on twitter/facebook/instagram), use the #nbc4wx, or email me, dmazza@wcmh.com

Enjoy!

-Dave


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