Autumn roads

The weather has felt like fall at least a few days in September, although we’ve had some warmer days, too. Regardless, people are ready for autumn and have pumpkin everything already in full swing. With the anticipation of autumn and the spooky season, many people are looking forward to the fall colors that radiate throughout Michigan each season.

So, when should Michiganders expect to see those vibrant fall colors in the Mitten? has released its annual fall foliage prediction map, which is an interactive map that indicates when autumn colors are expected to peak across the U.S.

According to the map, most of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan will have “minimal” color the week of Sept. 12, while a few parts of the U.P. will experience “patchy color.” This seems accurate, because as I look around, I hardly see any leaves changing color yet. While the fall colors are beautiful, I’m actually happy to still see green, because I want summer to last as long as possible. Sorry, leave peepers.

For the week of Sept. 19, most of Michigan will have “patchy” colors. Moving to the following week of Sept. 26, most areas of Michigan will have “partial” colors while sections of the U.P. in the western and eastern areas will be “near peak.” The real colors are expect to come into play in October. Around Oct. 10, the map projects that most of Michigan will be in “peak color,” and some parts of the U.P. will already be past peak. By Oct. 24, the majority of the northern part of the U.S. will be past peak. That said, plan your fall color excursions with those dates in mind, knowing that most of the colors will be finished by mid-to-late October. By Halloween, chances are most of those beautiful fall leaves will be on the ground.

Michigan Has One of the Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the U.S.

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