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Spectacular fall foliage spotted in Central Vermont

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. -

It's been too many days of gray skies and drizzle, but Wednesday we had hopes of seeing the sun. Even so, we started off the day in the fog heading south down Interstate 89. But by the time we reached Central Vermont, we found peak fall foliage color and it was incredibly brilliant.

It's always nice to get off the highway, so we split off on Route 302 toward West Topsham. The sun did break through and it was glorious, especially over Riddle Pond. A little farther down the road, we found Patrick Harrington of Orange mowing his lawn for one of the last times of the season.

"The color is real bright this year," he said. "I'm surprised being so dry this year but it don't seem to effect the color around here. I would head toward Groton Heights, stay right on 302."

Thanks for the tip Patrick! You were right! Photographer Shelly Holt Allen and I have been running these roads looking for foliage for many, many years, and even we are amazed at how good the color is in this part of the Vermont. Even locals who might otherwise take this season for granted have noticed the color is especially bright this year.

"Beaver pond is probably the most spectacular because it looks like someone had a paint brush, or several paint brushes and just splashed it on to make the colors," said Mary Fadden of North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

"We've been enjoying the ride and looking at the leaves, the foliage is really nice," said Heather Fox of East Topsham.

"It's beautiful this year," Dawna Fox said.

"A lot of reds out there," Heather Fox said.

Time to make our loop back, and we drove through Fairlee to Chelsea and back toward Brookfield. In some of these areas, the color is more muted but the scenery is still very pretty. It's hard to go wrong this time of year.

If you're on a foliage drive, it's always a good idea to take a dirt road when you see one. It doesn't really matter if you get lost. Have some courage; eventually, all roads go somewhere, and we found ourselves up by the floating bridge in Brookfield.

With the sun out and the temperatures warming up, it feels like summer again, but the reds and yellows are warning us that's not the case. Winter is never far behind our foliage season.

And what else did we find besides colored leaves? My forecasting colleague the woolly bear caterpillar. What's that woolly bear? Another mild winter? We'll just see about that!

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