After a 'glorious' summer, Minnesota is set to have a 'spectacular' fall


With the weather turning chillier in Minnesota this week, attentions are turning to fall.

And there's good news for leaf-watchers everywhere, with Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources predicting "spectacular" colors this autumn.

"Current weather conditions indicate we're on track for a great fall color year," DNR Parks and Trails outreach manager Patricia Arndt said in a press release.

"With the exception of dry weather in northeastern Minnesota, most of the state has had close to or above-average precipitation, making for health, green trees going into fall," she added. "If we continue to have adequate rainfall as nights become longer, the autumn display should be spectacular."

The DNR's "fall color finder" is once again active, having launched on Thursday, and will be updated every week. At the moment it's showing a few isolated spots of the state with 10-25 percent color, though the rest of Minnesota remains green. You can also sign up for the Explore Minnesota weekly fall color update here.

Colors tend to peak between mid-September and early October in northern Minnesota, mid-September to early October in central, and late September to mid-October in the southern third of the state (including the Twin Cities), with peak colors lasting two weeks on average.

This week's weather has certainly been fall-ish, with forecasts suggesting temperatures Friday night could even dip into the 30s in some parts of the state, according to KSTP's Ken Barlow, while those in the Twin Cities woke up Friday to the coolest temperatures seen since May 31.

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