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End is near for leaf peeping season across Missouri, Kansas

Updated: 2013-11-08T19:22:12Z

The fall color season is winding down across much of Missouri and Kansas.

While there is still color out there, many areas are past their peak. Recent rains and strong winds have knocked leaves from the trees.

The exceptions are the Kansas City region and southeast Kansas and southeast Missouri, which are still at their peak for leaf peeping.

In the Kansas City area, fall colors are peaking or just past that point. This is much later than usual, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

It’s not too late to get out and see some good colors, especially along the Missouri River on Missouri 45 and Missouri 224.

Even in areas that are fading, there are still individual trees or localized areas showing great color, according to reports compiled by Charles Barden, professor of forestry at Kansas State University.

But don’t wait any longer. The end is near.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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