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Much cooler air has invaded today with temperatures expected to dip below freezing at the top of Grandfather this evening. While there are still many trees yet to change in the area, each species of tree is now represented in the kaleidoscope of color on the hillsides, including this mountain maple photographed by Skip Sickler.

A good way to enjoy the fall color in today’s showers would be a scenic drive. ¬†Beautiful routes this weekend are in the Blowing Rock area, on NC 105 between Foscoe and Linville, on NC 184 between Tynecastle and Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather Mountain.