October is the time of peak fall foliage in Virginia amid pleasant conditions. The skies are mostly clear, with the storm season on the wane. Thunderstorms occur in Virginia in all the seasons even though their numbers decline in the autumn. Back Bay Wildlife Reserve in the coastal region registers pleasant temperatures in the 56°F (13.3°C) to 71°F (21.7°C), while Lynchburg in the Piedmont area is mild between 44°F (6.7°C) to 69°F (20.6°C). Mount Weather in the hilly region sees many tourists with the temperatures in the comfortable zone of 46°F (7.8°C) to 63°F (17.2°C). The precipitation is in the 2" (51mm) to 3" (76mm) range across the state, and the fresh air and beautiful colors attract people to the countryside. Fall drives are scenic with the wind in the face and moderate sunshine. Take advantage of early mornings and pleasant afternoons for outdoor excursions. Watch out for wild animals crossing the narrow rural roads while driving. October draws crowds to the pristine beaches with the mild ocean water temperatures in Virginia.