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Western Pennsylvania Fall Color Near Peak Time, but May Not Dazzle this Year

With autumn upon us, many are looking forward to the annual fall foliage western Pennsylvania has to offer. Typically, the fall color peaks during the second and third weeks of October. But this year leaf gazers may be a bit disappointed.

According to Charles Bier, Senior Science Director for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, weather conditions leading up to now will likely mean a less dramatic color show.

"It's just been very wet, it's been cloudy at times, we've had some storms come through and alter some of the leaves, so you just may notice this year is not as rich," Bier said.

For leaves to be at their most vibrant, trees need plenty of moisture in the spring and summer, then a dry fall with mild days and cool nights, which just didn't happen this year.

Still, fall foliage will be a huge draw for both those in and out of state. Bier said some of the most popular viewing locations include McConnell's Mill State Park and Moraine State Park, Laurel Highlands, Ohiopyle State Park, and trails along the Youghiogheny River.