The maple beside my deck.
If you're looking for vibrant autumn leaf color, this is the weekend to hit the central Shenandoah Valley. Reds and golds have popped out in the past few days and salvaged a season that had been so-so until now. But you'd better hurry. Autumn color is fleeting and, once it's gone, that's it until next year.
Here's the weekend weather forecast from Harrisonburg's WHSV TV-3:
After a chilly start to Saturday, look for more clouds throughout the day. The breeze will return for Saturday and Sunday. However temperatures will cool back to near 60° Satuday, and into the lower 50s Sunday. Saturday will be a decent day for JMU's Homecoming. An isolated light shower can't be ruled out in our western mountains, and even some sprinkles in the Valley, however most areas will remain dry.
As cooler temperatures rush in Saturday night a few upslope snow showers are possible for the western mountains into very early Sunday morning. No accumulation in those favored locations.
Sunday looks to bring plenty of sunshine. We'll be breezy and cool. High temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Next week looks to bring sunshine for the first half of the week, as temperatures slowly warm back into the mid 60s. However we will be tracking another strong front that could potentially bring more rain next Thursday night.
There's lots of quaint places to check out in the Valley while leaf peeping including the Dayton Farmers Market, the Farmers Market in downtown Staunton, and local shops and eateries.
Here's a link to things to see and do in Staunton.
And here's a link to what to see and do in Waynesboro.
My post from earlier in the season: Autumn travel and leaf peeping.
Enjoy the waning days of the 2013 leaf season!
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell