Leaves beginning to take a colorful turn

DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH)–Fall colors are putting in an appearance around Columbus, but especially to our north this weekend. The banks of Alum Creek State Park are picking up some vivid reds, oranges and yellows as the oaks and sugar maples begin to reveal the hidden colors in the leaves.

The best view of fall colors this weekend will be in northeastern Ohio, starting near Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, and extending northward. The higher elevation and slightly cooler weather contributes to an earlier color change in these areas.

Peak fall colors are still a week to 10 ten days away in Central Ohio, and two weeks in the southern counties.

The annual color change begins as daylight shortens, enhanced by sunny, dry conditions to bring out the various pigments after the green chlorophyll in the leaves ceases production.

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