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Fall and all its colors starting to arrive

Wednesday - 10/9/2013, 9:31am  ET

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A man stands by a window looking out onto colorful leaves in the Russell Senate Office Building, on Nov. 2, 2011 in D.C. Cooler weathers and autumn colors are headed back to the region. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - Orange, yellow and red. The colors of fall are starting to arrive in the region.

"Sunny days followed by really cool, frostless nights produce the most vibrant colors," ABC7 meterologist Lauryn Ricketts told WTOP.

She said the cool nights will likely begin coming regularly this week and next to help the leaves make their transformation.

"We also have to have some rain in here to help lend to that, so they just don't die off and fall on to the ground," Ricketts added.

She said the area is a little short on rain for the year, but there is more in this week's forecast.

The fall colors usually peak in mid- to late-October around the D.C. region.

Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are closed during the government shutdown, but another great place to see leaves from your car, the Blue Ridge Parkway, remains open during the shutdown.

Here's where you can track the fall colors and plan scenic drives:

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