Tuesday was a damp but otherwise normal fall day across most of Amherst County, but the picture changed as you headed west.

In mountain communities near the Blue Ridge Parkway, autumn leaves mixed with a blanket of winter white.

"I don't like it!" said Andrew Hurren, who lives along Route 60.

Hurren is from Southern California, but he's lived in Virginia for 35 years.  He's adjusted to mountain weather, but he's never seen a blizzard in October.

"Last night was a beast," Hurren said.  "The wind was blowing so hard, I thought the tin on my roof was going to come off."

Most of snow can be measured in inches, but heavy winds caused two foot drifts in some places.

"It's unusual," said Jason Davis, adding that heavy snow isn't uncommon near his home on Coffeytown Road.

"We usually get right much snow," Davis said.  "Living on the mountain it comes earlier than everyone else, but not this much usually"

Temperatures in the mountains of Amherst County climbed above freezing Tuesday afternoon, which means the wet snow probably won't last very long.  Some are just trying to enjoy the flakes while they can.

"I enjoy it," Davis said.  "Might help the rut kick in early this year for deer season."

As snow covered the mountains, roads stayed clear in most places.  Even the power stayed on.

"I thought for sure we were going to lose power last night," said Hurren.  "When we get big wind and snow storms like this, we usually do."

Those gentle conditions have made this early dose winter down right bareable, even for people who don't like snow.

"On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst, this is about a zero right now," Hurren said with a laugh.

This may not be as bad as it gets.  Remember, winter doesn't officially start for two more months.