I wanted to direct you all to a great website that displays a county by county updated report on fall colors across the state. Check it Out!!! This site is updated almost daily, so it should suit as a great guide when planning a nice drive. You can see many counties are approaching or are already at 50%. Most of the area should peak in about 3 weeks, with a few northern spots peaking in the one to two week range.
This year, the later part of the summer has been extremely dry. This will likely accelerate the leaf changing process. You will hear plenty of explanations on how our weather will affect the fall colors, but the most reliable remedy for beautiful colors are warm and sunny days, followed by crisp/cool nights. Cool and wet days will allow more time for leaves to change before falling, but it will also cause more a lot more dull and brownish colors. The forecast calls for things to remain fairly dry and warm through this week, and becoming cooler and wetter into next week. So this weekend, even though we are still before peak, this may be the best time to see the brightest colors!!!