Here’s when you can expect fall colors in Kansas City and the rest of the U.S.

Leaves change color in late September in years past.
Leaves change color in late September in years past. File

The high temperature might still be in the 80s, but fall weather and colorful, crunchy leaves are just around the corner.

The Kansas City area should start to get minimal leaf color change around Sept. 24, with partial fall foliage around Oct. 8. The peak of fall foliage will happen around Oct. 22, according to SmokyMountains.com.

The site, which promotes tourism to the Smoky Mountains region, had a data scientist look at historical temperatures, precipitation, forecasts and leaf peak trends from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create the map.

See when fall foliage hits its peak


“Other than the Pacific Northwest, we are expecting warmer-than-average fall temperatures during the September through November time period. These warmer temperatures are expected to prolong the color season,” said data scientist Wes Melton in a news release.

“Due to the heavier precipitation throughout the summer months, this year’s leaf model is predicting an earlier-than-typical peak fall. However, the NOAA 90-day future precipitation and temperature graphs point to a prolonged color period for much of the country with higher elevations peaking first.”

By the end of the month, the normal high in Kansas City drops to about 73 degrees, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Jenni Laflin.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has tips for specific areas to find the best fall colors on its website.

Kelsey Ryan: 816-234-4852, @kelsey_ryan