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PHOTO: Sheila and Doug Berry. Doug took this view of the Shenandoah Valley from Skyline Drive on October 6, 2012.

PHOTO: Sheila and Doug Berry. Doug took this view of the Shenandoah Valley from Skyline Drive on October 6, 2012.

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – As daylight hours get shorter and punches of cooler air punctuate our weather, leaves are changing color in all of the Commonwealth now.

In the latest Fall foliage report issued Wednesday, The Foliage Network spotter Marek D. Rzonca says, “Foliage color continues to increase in the higher elevations in eastern West Virginia, western Maryland, and the higher elevations in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. These locations are reporting high to peak color.  As elevation decreases, so does the degree of foliage change.”

Color remains spotty in much of central and Eastern Virginia, with the most brilliant shades likely showing up on damaged or distressed trees. Those trees will have a burst of color earlier in the season so they can conserve energy and go dormant for the Winter to hopefully survive after either wind or drought (or both) damage done this year.

Leaf drop remains low in nearly all of Virginia, which means most of these changing leaves are still on the trees for you to enjoy seeing!

We are nearing the peak of the Fall foliage season in central Virginia, which typically occurs in the week before or after Halloween.

Submit your Fall foliage pictures from this year to Carrie by emailing your photo to crose@wtvr.com. Yours may be featured on the CBS 6 Morning Newscast! Be sure to include your name, location of photo, and date it was taken.

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