In general, Western New Yorkers get to enjoy a wonderful fall season, but everyone knows that this is the precursor to winter.
According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Hamilton, the current warm spell will give way to much cooler temperatures throughout the region over the next week or two and possibly some snow flakes in some areas. He believes, however, that this is not an indication of another harsh winter.
"The past two winters have been unusually cold and snowy. So, to get anything close to that would be very unusual, but right now, conditions are setting up so that it looks like we'll have a better than average chance for a milder winter. It doesn't mean that it won't be cold and snowy at times, but over the course of the whole winter, different that what we've seen the past couple."
After a very warm September, Hamilton states that this October has been normal. The peak time for fall foliage will come over the next two weeks for Buffalo and other areas to the north.
Now, though, is the time to see the leaves at their peak in the Southern Tier.