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Fall foliage off to a slow start in Lehigh Valley

VIDEO: Fall foliage in PA & the valley

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - Tim Dugan with Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says slowly but surely the green on the trees is changing its colors. 

"In the last three to four days, as the weather and moisture came though, and getting some cool nights again, we're starting to see a lot of trees dropping their leaves and turning their colors," Dugan said.

Most of that though has been north, toward the Poconos. Peak foliage is expected to start there sometime next week, while the Lehigh Valley is still two to three weeks out.

"We're going to start to see some yellows and oranges, mostly from tulip poplar and hickory. In a couple weeks, oaks, which dominate the area, will start turning and that's where you'll see your reds and auburns," Dugan said.

Dugan says the timing is a product of the somewhat bizarre weather patterns we saw this summer and fall.

But some tree leaves browned and dropped a bit early, including birch, walnut and ash.

"Ash trees make up a lot of early fall colors. They dropped their leaves pretty early this year. We think that's a factor of insect attacks from the emerald ash borer," Dugan said. 

He says we still expect to see really good colors, especially since we got the rain in the last week.

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