Leaf color has peaked and leaves are falling quickly in the North Country of New England, and heavy rain Friday into Saturday will further accelerate the drop. There is still some great color to be found from the Lakes Region of NH to the Seacoast, and in Southern Maine, and while the rain will have a negative impact, color will certainly remain, as it will in the Connecticut River Valley of VT and NH. Southern New England is peaking in most spots right now, and though some leaf drop will occur with the rain, plenty of color should still remain when rains depart and clouds break Saturday midday.
Western and Northern New England should see highest rain totals - and the steadiest period of rain - from our incoming storm. Farther east, rain will be a bit more sporadic - periods of showers and downpours, as eastern areas will be on the edge of the rain shield through the day Friday (without too much rain falling at all on Cape Cod, or in much of Maine until later in the day), but by the time all is done Saturday, everyone will have a soaking rain with generally .75" to 2" depending upon location. As you'll see in the video forecast below, Saturday breaks of sun could push some of us into the 70s!!