Here we are… heading into the 4th and final weekend of October. We are also in the last weekend of the month and we should have peak conditions in the southern and central part of the state, with past peak conditions in the north and parts of the middle of the state.
As we have mentioned all season long, we are expecting to have a much later than normal peak season. In fact, we probably are not going to see the peak in the northern part of the state until the very end of the month to early next month.
This forecast might have to be knocked back a few days… but it appears there will still be spots all over the state to see peak colors next week.
This weekend if you are going out leaf peeping, pack a rain jacket!
This will also be the 4th weekend this month that has rain showers in the forecast. None of the weekends have been that wet, in fact, after a very wet September this month has been running more than an inch below normal.
This weekend could be different as more rain showers are expected, and for a much larger part of the weekend.
Rainfall totals are respectable too for this weekend. Below are rainfall totals expected from Friday – Sunday night at 7pm
If you can brave the rain and the cool temps….
There are plenty of state parks with changes according the the fall leaf reports from ODNR.
In fact about a dozen parks, or just more than a third of the reporting parks are near peak now.
The interesting thing, is the “near peak” parks are located all over the state.
To the east, to the north, there are changes and near peak parks all over.
Some of the bigger parks in the state are starting to be primed for the best colors of the season too.
You do notice that there are a fair number of sites in the middle of the state near peak, and that change to peak will happen fast.
I was at Mohican a few weeks ago, and the colors on the trees were really starting to look good. This is always one of the better parks to see the color changes at. Especially with the elevation changes.
Not as many spots in the south are near peak yet, but that will be changing as expected by the 1st weekend of November.
We will have plenty of seasonally cool nights, but not as much sunshine as you would like the next few days. This may add to more leaves dropping vs color changing. Keep your fingers cross for a good finish to the season.
Pack a warm sweater/jacket/coat, and maybe a clean pair of shoes if you can to change out of the muddy ones! For a 4th straight weekend, there is rain in the forecast, and this should be the wettest weekend.
If you find out that there is 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, firstname.lastname@example.org