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Peak leaf weekend approaching in the mountains

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AVERY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Leaves are changing quickly in the highest elevations of the North Carolina Mountains. Fall's color show should hit the peak in those areas this weekend

according to people who live in the area. Boone resident Ron Henries said he thinks the colors are brighter than he can remember lately. "This is probably the prettiest in the last 20 years."

 

The color change started a week or so early across the mountains but slowed down because of warmer weather. With cooler and rainy weather the past few days, the changeover seemed to speed up again. The only problem is that the windy and rainy weather is knocking a lot of leaves off the trees.

Christa Poore, who owns a store and grill in Pineola said her business has been good the past few weeks but this weekend could be the busiest. "If the rain don't knock off all the leaves it will be a big weekend."  Forecasters expect the weather to clear up sometime Wednesday with bright sunshine through the rest of the week and into the weekend.

Gordon Goldstein of Dallas, Texas was hiking in the rainy weather near the Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge parkway on Tuesday. Despite the bad weather, Goldstein said he was not disappointed. "O can't believe the scenery," he said. "Even with the rain it is beautiful."

Local motels still have some rooms available for the weekend but suggest anyone who is heading to the mountains should call ahead.  

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