After prolonged warmer conditions during much of September, the first frosts have settled in the cold hollows throughout Vermont, triggering the next phase of increased color vibrancy. Excellent colors are now emerging in the north, at higher elevations along the spine of the Green Mountains, and throughout the state in isolated pockets, especially those associated with wetlands.
Statewide, foresters estimate conditions at 30-40 percent of full peak color. With forecasts for cooler air and showers continuing in much of the state this week, we are already seeing an increase in both proportion of leaves changing colors and the intensity and brightness of those colors. We expect all parts of Vermont to be moving through early color and into mid-season conditions by the weekend and we remain on track and well-primed for great color into the early weeks of October.