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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/26/2008

Fine Weather for Viewing Fall Colors

By Dan Stillman


Foliage color report as of Oct. 25. Courtesy The Foliage Network.

With yesterday's rain gone, we have some nice weather in the forecast for checking out fall colors, which as we recently explained should be quite vibrant this year.

"Throughout West Virginia, foliage color is mostly high to peak with some of the higher elevations just past peak. In Virginia and Maryland, eastern locations are reporting moderate color, while in the western regions of these two states, color is high," according to The Foliage Network.

Keep reading for more foliage information. And see our full forecast into the coming work week.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that foliage is now peaking in Frederick County and western central Maryland. Good color can also be found in Gunpowder State Park, along the border of Harford and Baltimore counties, and in Cecil County in Elk Neck State Park and Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. Leaves are still a couple weeks from peak in the tidewater areas of Southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Forestry says that peak colors can still be seen in many areas of southwest Virginia, with about 70 percent of trees peaking in the New River Valley. Peak colors can also be seen in the Allegheny Monutains, while 50-70% of trees are at or approaching peak color in the Shenandoah Valley.

As for the immediate metro area, Jason summarized the foliage timeline nicely in his recent post: "Peak colors should reach the closer-in north and west suburbs (Fairfax, Prince William, and Montgomery County) [this coming week]. By Halloween and into the first week of November, colors should be peaking in the District and eastwards towards Prince George's and Anne Arundel County."

In addition to the Web sites linked to above, how 'bout using the good ol' fahshion telephone (cell phone is ok, too) to find out the latest foliage information...

Maryland

*Fall Foliage Hotline: 1-800-LEAVES1

Virginia

*Fall Foliage Report: 1-800-424-LOVE
*Shenandoah Valley: 1-800-434-LEAF
*Skyline Drive/Shenandoah National Park: 540-999-3500
*Blue Ridge Parkway (between Waynesboro and the North Carolina border): 828-298-0398 (press "7")

By Dan Stillman  | October 26, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Forget fall colors. I just want to know when we're going to get some white cover on the ground.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | October 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I just got back from pocahontas county west virginia and highland county virginia and the color is Way past peak in those two counties and isn't represented for on this map.

Posted by: jfva | October 26, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you this. Somerset County, Pa is well past peak. In fact it was past peak last weekennd. I wonder if these people actually visit these counties or if they guess.

On another note.....how do you change your user ID?

Posted by: JackT21262 | October 26, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Jack-- I think the only way to change your User-ID is to re-register.

Re: the foliage maps-- I think you have to realize these maps smooth over some of the elevation...so some of the higher terrain in the peak areas are, as you suggest, past peak.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 26, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

JackT21262 - I grew up in Somerset Co.; haven't been home in a while. Guess you've been there recently?

To change your ID: In the far upper left corner of the WaPo main page, you should see "Hello JackT21262", no quotes, and your ID will be linked. Click the link to go to your MyPost home page and change your ID. You may have to sign into the WaPo site (again) before that link shows up for you, though.

Posted by: --sg | October 26, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Some color here in eastern Loudoun, but definitely not peak yet. Next weekend should be great for some post-SAT foliage viewing!

Posted by: Sterlingva | October 26, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Update to my ID change instructions: My original instructions were in IE (which I rarely use so I've no idea why I did that...) If using Firefox, click on Edit Preferences, which you will find at the top center of the WaPo home page.

Posted by: --sg | October 26, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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