SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The weather, even as far back as the previous spring, plays a big role in how the fall foliage turns out.
Looking around, the early signs of the upcoming foliage season are already out there.
You may have already noticed some leaves on the trees starting to change their colors right now. That's because trees that are stressed, damaged or trees that are dug up or sold at nurseries change color first.
But it won't be long until we're surrounded by different colors in the trees as fall foliage really gets going.
"Well it's early and I know they're going to be spectacular, because they always are. Of course there's nothing like Route 2 up in Greenfield," said John Flanagan from West Springfield.
While the peak of the foliage season is weeks away, we can already tell by looking at the weather this year that fall foliage should be particularly colorful...especially now that we're dry after a wet spring and summer.
"Right now we've got plenty of moisture, the leaves are still nice and green and vibrant and then going forward with the weather we've had with the nice days, cool nights, it's going to help transfer the color of the leaves," said Andy Grondalski, nursery manager at 16 Acres Garden Center.
However, good fall foliage is not yet a guarantee.
If we get a sudden drop in temperatures, or unusually wet weather, then the fall foliage could turn out duller than expected.
So far western Massachusetts has had only a little color showing, with moderate and high color in northern New England and parts of upstate New York.