Dry, warm weather keeps NC mountain leaves green

A woman photographs a colorful fall tree Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 near Hiawatha Lake in south Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The much-anticipated show of fall colors across the North Carolina mountains is on hold as dry, warm weather has kept leaves green.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2dShhr9) that despite current conditions, Beverly Collins, Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster, said that with a range of elevations from 2,000 to 6,000 feet, leaf watchers are bound to find color somewhere even if it is less spectacular this year.

This fall, warmer temperatures have kept leaves from turning toward the end of September and early October. Collins also said some leaves have turned brown due to the severe drought that crept into the mountains over the summer.

Marla Tambellini, vice president of marketing for the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the leaf season in the mountains generally does vary.

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