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The hills are starting to show their fall colors in Northern Berkshire County.

Perfect Fall Weather on the Horizon for Fall Foliage Festival Weekend

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A hint of color is creeping into downtown North Adams.

If the damp, cool week has got you worrying about the Fall Foliage Parade weather, have no fear: While there may be some clouds in the sky for the parade itself, the weekend looks to be crisp and dry.

In other words, a perfect fall weekend in the Berkshires to wrap up the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

The highlight of the festival, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Ocean State Job Lot and winds its way up Route 8, across Main Street and then down Ashland Street. Both Accuweather and the Weather Channel say it will be 63 degrees and cloudy on Sunday.

As for the events leading up to the parade itself, Friday night's Children's Parade, which steps off at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Main and Eagle streets in North Adams, should see dry but cool temperatures as the mercury drops from the 50s in the afternoon into the 20s overnight. (Beware: There is expected to be a freeze Friday night, so protect anything that can't withstand the cold. The National Weather Service says this might be the end of the growing season.)

The forecast for Saturday's dog parade, which begins at Veteran's Memorial Park at the corner of Eagle Street and Route 2 at 10:30 a.m., and the subsequent Fall Foliage Brew N' Chew, Fall Craft Fair and Miner Combat's Dancing in the Street, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street, looks to be picture perfect: sunny with temperatures in the 50s.

And what about the fall foliage itself?

According to the live foliage map online at (find it here) - and our very own eyes - the colors have started to develop and should be peaking within the next week or two. If all goes well, leaf-peepers should have a great week after Sunday's parade leading into the long Columbus Day weekend to do some sightseeing throughout the Berkshires. As always, check our calendar events here for activities to choose from!

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