The local weather signs (fireweed, lore, old-timers' judgment) has indicated an early winter, for some time now.
Now, there's a La Niña forming (or already formed) in the Pacific, which will bring colder (and slightly drier) air to Alaska. So ... really cold, moderate snow ...
Gee, it sounds like we live in Alaska or something. :)
But here's a pic of my front yard, taken yesterday afternoon, shortly after a rain squall.
Leaves are falling in earnest. The Northern Birch trees all turned yellow since Sunday. Winter's not waiting around.