Fall leaves coming into full color


Weather-wise, it's going to be a lousy weekend for leaf-peeping. (It will be rainy off and on through Sunday in much of Minnesota, with a chance of severe weather Friday.)

But the next couple weeks could produce some brilliant fall color – if storms don't knock all the leaves off the trees, MPR reports.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates a Minnesota map that shows fall color updates.

A few leaves started to turn about a month ago in Minnesota, but peak autumn color is arriving later than it did last year because of a warm September.

"We need cool nights — generally 32 to 40 or 45 degrees — and then warm days in order for the color to start to change in the leaves," Pat Arndt, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Trails Division, told MPR. "We haven't had those cool temperatures statewide like we normally would have."

Autumn colors are peaking now in the northern parts of the state, KARE 11 reported Wednesday. A hard freeze in the north in mid-September kickstarted the color season there.

Just 10 to 25 percent of leaves are peaking in the metro so far, KARE said.

Looking to hit the road? Here are 10 great drives for fall color around Minnesota.

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