This summer, there was plenty of rain for the trees to stay green. But, the summer's weather doesn't have much to do with how colorful the fall leaves will be. It all comes down to October's weather to determine how brightly colored October's leaves will be. Bright, sunny days enable the leaves to produce lots of sugar. Then, cool, crisp nights above freezing will produce brilliant colors. So far this month, the weather has been right on track for a vivid fall.
Color changes continue throughout the state. In southwest Virginia, noticeable color change is underway. Color change can be seen in tree species such as poplars, sweet gum, dogwood and maple. At this time, peak colors are expected in the mountains during mid to late October; the Piedmont and Coastal Plain are
expected to peak during late October and early November.