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NEW YORK CLOAKED IN A COLORFUL MANTLE

This is the peak foliage-viewing weekend in most areas of New York State, with fall at its most colorful.

In the western part of the state, Allegany State Park reports that 85 percent of the leaves have changed color, and Cattaraugus County reports an 80 percent color change. Wyoming County expects peak conditions, with an 80 percent color change this weekend. Very brilliant orange, yellow and red leaves predominate.

Conditions in the Finger Lakes vary from midpoint to near peak, and foliage is nearing peak in the Capital-Saratoga region. Brilliant peak colors are expected across the Catskills.

In the Hudson Valley, Columbia County reports foliage at near peak, with 75 to 80 percent of the leaves changed. In the southern portion of the region, Bear Mountain State Park reports only a 15 percent color change.

Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands Region is near peak, with 75 percent of the leaves changed. In the Adirondacks. North Creek reports peak conditions, while Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Hamilton County note conditions just past peak.

Each Wednesday in fall, the state's Tourism Division updates the progression of the changing foliage based on reports from official leaf peepers. Call (800) CALL-NYS.

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