Fall foliage delayed in western Massachusetts

Columbus day weekend is usually an ideal weekend to go out and see the fall foliage.

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Columbus day weekend is usually an ideal weekend to go out and see the fall foliage. 22News is working for you with why the glorious change of colors might be delayed this season.

Lots of golden yellow, handful of oranges, and every now and than a pop of vibrant red can be seen around western Massachusetts.

Just head up 1-91 North, and you’ll have yourself a nice, colorful show.

There isn’t a “calendar date” of peak season because a lot has to do with the weather. Columbus Day Weekend is usually a weekend that people like to take time and enjoy the Fall Foliage.

This season, the pop of colors are a little delayed. 22News went to Hadley Garden Center in Hadley and found out a lot has to do with warmer days and lack of rain.

Tom Giles, Hadley Garden Center, told 22News, “The trees that are going to give us the best colors this year are the ones that have moisture. and a lot of the trees were struggling. Any of the trees that were in real dry spots they have already lost their leaves or their leaves turned brown before coloring up.”

Lots of brown, dead leaves can now be found on the ground of many peoples yards. What leaves need to change colors are sunny days and cool evenings, with temperatures 45 degrees or less.

The most recent fall foliage report has western Massachusetts in a “good” category for seeing any color on the trees, the farther you go north into Vermont and New Hampshire the better the colors are.

There are some locations up north that are past peak including places in New York. But for that memorable ride on the Mohawk Trail in Franklin County, where so many thousands go for peak foliage, we’re just going to have to wait and see.

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