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It’s an overcast and rainy day in the NC High Country.  These trees around the Old Cranberry High School, at the junction of NC 194 and US 19-E between Newland and Elk Park, are a good representation of most elevations above 3,000 feet.  The overall area still has many green trees but also many show-stoppers with bright orange, red or yellow leaves.  (Photo by Landis Wofford)

The best areas to enjoy fall color right now are Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Tynecastle, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway between Linville and Blowing Rock.  Many bright maples are also turning along the drive between Newland and Elk Park.  Beautiful weather is expected to return on Wednesday.