Fall colors update: Leaves turning up north, but is autumn being delayed?


Minnesota's trees are gradually taking on a golden hue after we entered the start of fall earlier this week – but most of the early changes are happening in the northern part of the state.

According to the DNR's Fall Color Finder, less than a quarter of trees in the Twin Cities, as well as central and southern parts of Minnesota, have changed color.

But it's well underway in the northern reaches, and according to the map it looks as though the area to the northwest of Bemidji is the best place to see some early fall colors this weekend.

The DNR said the southern third of the state, including the metro area, tends to start seeing peak colors from late September to mid-October.

But colors have barely changed as we close in on the end of the month, and according to MPR's Updraft blog this could be because of the lack of cold or frost seen during September.

"Colors have barely started to budge in the Twin Cities," Paul Huttner writes. "It still looks and feels like late summer out there."

MPR News suggests that Lake Bronson and Jay Cooke state parks are likely the best places to visit to see some fall colors this weekend.

When it does fully arrive, DNR officials have been predicting that Minnesota is in for a "spectacular" fall, thanks to the plentiful rain seen during the summer that's left trees green and healthy.

For those wanting to see fall colors from the comfort of their vehicle, Explore Minnesota has put together this list of the top 10 fall color drives you can take in Minnesota.

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