It came late this year. Usually we get snow before Halloween. And all we got yesterday was a dusting, just enough to stick to car windshields and fence posts. The ground isn't frozen yet so anything that landed on the grass just melted away. But still, it's a warning, a signal to get out the winter coats and mittens, the long underwear and wool socks. It's time to sign up for those ski passes, check to see if everyone's snowboard boots fit. Time to put snow tires on the car, get the snow shovels out. Winter is coming.