Buffalo, NY -- We are barely into Fall and the leaves have already been changing, which is ahead of schedule. The fewer daylight hours, cooler temperatures, and early frosts by a couple weeks have given the fall foliage a jump start. Much of Western New York is already changing in color and the Adirondacks are at mid point.
That means the peak colors will most likely happen a little earlier this year, possibly in a few weeks.
In Buffalo the fall foliage usually peaks in color in mid to late October, and early October in the Southern Tier and away from the lake shores.
The average first frost in the Southern Tier valleys is the first week in September, which was on schedule this year. The light frost last week in the rural areas of the Niagara Frontier was early by about 2 weeks.
The frost is back with a Frost Advisory for Chautauqua, southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Wyoming counties and N. PA from 3 am to 9 am early Tuesday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop down to the mid 30s tonight. Frost will likely damage tender vegetation that is left unprotected.