Peak color season for Ohio, Michigan pushed back three days

The leaves of a Maple tree begin to turn to their Fall colors in Moreland Hills,  Ohio on...
The leaves of a Maple tree begin to turn to their Fall colors in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)(Amy Sancetta | ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 7:00 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - As the calendar gets ready to turn to October, it means Mother Nature is preparing to put on her annual show of fall leaf colors in northern Ohio and southern Michigan.

13abc meteorologist Ross Ellet updated his foliage forecast, pushing the peak dates back three days to Oct. 28-Nov. 3 the majority of the viewing area, with locations along Lake Erie peaking Nov. 3-9.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the peak for fall leaf color in northern Ohio will be Oct. 15-20, which is a more traditional outlook. Ellet said his outlook for later October is more in line with current conditions, such as above-average temperatures in September and a forecast for the same type of weather in October.

ODNR said some trees, such as ash, black gum, and buckeye trees, have already begun to start changing colors.

The peak in southern Michigan is expected around that time as well, with the more northern parts of the state and the Upper Peninsula already nearing peak viewing opportunities. The website has an interactive map to help you find when and where the peak viewing will be.

While the start of the peak fall color season is delayed due to higher than normal current temperatures, the trees are set to show off better colors this year with slightly above average rainfall in most areas. From there, it’s a matter of the weather allowing the leaves to stay on the trees -- strong wind and rain events can clear leaves from the trees earlier than normal.

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