Fall color in the mountains of western North Carolina

Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sunny cool temperatures have kicked off the fall foliage season in the mountains of western North Carolina.

But this may not be the best weekend to see them.

Appalachian State University physiologist Howie Neufeld told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1Laxh5X) that the past couple of weeks of cooler weather have made the colors stand out.

Nuefeld says the area round Asheville usually peaks in late October. He says the most brilliant show usually comes to areas around Boone and Blowing Rock around mid-October.

One of the earliest displays can be seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain.

Hydrologist Joshua Palmer with the National Weather Service office in Greer, South Carolina, said up to 5 inches of rain was possible this weekend in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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