Sep 7, 2012 at 9:06 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - If you take a trip to northern Minnesota this weekend, you'll see that fall can't be too far off.
Autumn colors are beginning to make their annual appearance on foliage in the northern reaches of the state. Pat Arndt is a spokeswoman for Minnesota's State Parks and Trails. She says people can track the advancing fall colors by going to mndnr.gov.
"We have our park managers around the entire state reporting every week and that webpage is updated by noon on Thursday," Arndt said. "That page is a great resource to figure out where you want to go for the weekend."
The page will show the percentage of fall color seen at each park and also alert to peak conditions. If you are on the go, the DNR still has you covered.
"The other thing we have that was new last year is mobile apps," Pat Arndt said. "You can take the fall color report right with you, so no matter what you're doing you can figure out where the best spot is to go for the weekend."
Arndt said colors in Minnesota peak anywhere between mid-September and early October in the north and late October down south. That makes now a prime time for many to enjoy a weekend drive just to see the scenery.
"That is one of the advantages of living in the Midwest...seeing the seasons change," Arndt said. "Whether you are out in the parks or trails doing things with your family or you just want to take grandma and grandpa out for a drive to see the beautiful colors."
This year conditions have the colors right on schedule and could make for a picturesque season.
"We anticipate if the cool nights and warm days continue to happen that we will see some wonderful fall colors this year," Arndt said.
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