ETSU: Incredible colors likely this fall

The forecast is setting up for fantastic fall colors in our region.

Fall color has the potential to be incredible in the Appalachian Highlands this year. 
That’s according to Travis Watson, East Tennessee State University’s campus arborist.   
“Having those bright sunny days during the fall is really a bonus,” said Watson. “We will get a really nice display of those reds if we can keep sunny days and cool nights.” 
Some of the tallest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains are beginning to display hints of what will become a thrilling display of crimson, gold and orange. 
The mountains of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia will likely reach their peak the first week of October. 
For the region’s lower elevations, color should begin to increase in early October.


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