The coming weekend may offer the best colors of fall across the four-county GLOW region, which is expected to be at or near peak, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I Love NY program.
In Wyoming County, reports from Warsaw predict 85% change and peak foliage this weekend, with bright seasonal colors. In Genesee County, spotters in Batavia predict peak foliage with 80% change. Spotters in Orleans County expect 50% change this weekend, with near-peak conditions in Albion, though observers warn that heavy rain and wind has caused significant leaf droppage.
Livingston County spotters reporting from Geneseo expect 60% change this weekend with bright rust, amber, yellow, copper, and reddish-brown leaves. Recent rain and wind have caused some of the early-changing trees to lose their leaves, but many of the oaks and beeches are still green.
South of Rochester, Monroe County spotters in the Brighton predict more than 55% change and near-peak to peak foliage. There are still lots of green trees, but more yellow and orange leaves are appearing, making for a beautiful foliage display.
The colors continue to be bolder south and west of Rochester, into the hills and away from the lake, according to observers.
Conditions for viewing the autumnal display should cooperate, with plenty of sun on Saturday and partly sunny skies on Sunday. Temperatures for the weekend are forecast to climb through the 50s on Friday and Saturday to highs in the low 60s on Sunday. Expect cooler temperatures in areas of higher terrain, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion.
Livingston and Wyoming counties have a modest risk of precipitation on Friday.
Conditions may again bring crowds to Letchworth State Park, which saw temporary closures to incoming traffic several times last week when parking areas became full and crowds.
Park officials, in a Facebook post on Thursday, advised that they again expect temporary gate closures during peak visitation hours of noon to 4 p.m.
“We look forward to sharing the Park with so many visitors and apologize for any inconvenience,” the post said.
The park has offered the following visitation tips:
n The open hours of the park are 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. daily. Park attendance is highest from 12 p.m. through 4 p.m. Please plan on visiting outside these hours or plan your visit on a weekday.
n The Upper/Middle Falls and Glen Iris Area is the most popular site in the park. Due to this, patron densities fill most rapidly there. To reduce patron densities, the area will close to new visitors periodically throughout the day. Patrons will be detoured to other areas of the park. Once densities are reduced, new visitors will be allowed back in.
n Information for photographers: Operating drones are not allowed in the park without a permit. Permits must be applied for at least 10 days in advance to your visit date. No same-day permits will be issued. FAA certifications and insurance requirements are mandatory. A permit fee of $50 applies. Contact the Park Office for more information at (585)493-3600.
n For your safety and the safety of all, do not stand or cross any of the stone walls within the park or enter any areas closed to the public.
Also, anyone visiting a state park is asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distance.