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Forecaster: Leaves turning later than usual, but still time

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Little Lambs Preschool students make their way around the building during their annual parade as part of their Harvest party on Friday. All the students were asked to dress as animals for the day. They also had harvest themed games and snacks.

This coming weekend just might be the ideal time to enjoy the fall foliage.

“There’s still some color yet to come,” Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said Sunday night.

“The leaves are clearly turning color later this year than usual. We still have a fair amount of leaves on the trees with a decent amount of green on them,” he said.

“By this time of year, we’re usually past peak season, but this year we are just now approaching the peak,” he said.

“I suspect that is due in part to the mild weather we had in September and early October. The temperature in Williamsport in September was five degrees above normal. In the first 11 days of October, the high temperature was at least 10 degrees above normal,” Evanego said.

“We had a handful of days this month when the temperature was 20 degrees above normal, the highs were in the 80s,” he said.

This morning will “start off damp, but things will improve as the day goes on. It will be mostly cloudy, but we could see some sun break through the clouds” by the afternoon, Evanego said. It will be chilly, with the high being only in the upper 40s.

“Tuesday looks a whole lot better with sunshine throughout the day and the high being in the mid 50s,” he said.

Unfortunately, there is a 60 percent chance of showers returning Wednesday, but it will be more mild, with the high temperature reaching 60. The same is in order for Thursday, but “the showers will come to an end sometime Friday morning,” Evanego said, adding the weekend could be decent.

“It’s going to be partly sunny both Saturday and Sunday with high temperatures ranging in the low to upper 50s,” he said.

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