If you’ve procrastinated taking a trip to see the fall foliage this year, it might not be too late to plan one. 

Bright red, yellow and orange leaves along a road.
There's still time to plan a fall foliage trip. Image by: Shobeir Ansari/Getty Images

According to The Weather Channel, leaves will change colors later in the year in regions around the US due to warmer weather. Those vibrant reds, oranges and yellows tend to hit the Rockies and northern regions in mid-September and peak by late in the month, while early or mid-October sees colours light up the Midwest, Appalachians and the Northeast. However, this year will likely see higher-than-normal temperatures for the rest of the month – leading to delays in fall colors. The Weather Channel has based its predictions on the latest eight- to 14-day forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. 

White farmhouses sit among the autumn leaves.
The Berkshires with autumn colors. Image by:

However, if you want to visualize where you might find the best colours, it might be best to check out the 2019 Fall Foliage Map, which helps users see when the colours might be at their peak around the country. Or, if you are heading to New York State, the tourism board updates its own fall foliage reports weekly

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