Call it good timing.
I spent a few more days shooting some work in the Sierra's recently and happened to be there when the first storm of the season came through. A snow storm in late October is not quite the same as a snow storm in December. Unless you live among the aspen, it's not very often that one gets to see snow falling when the leaves are still crimson and gold.
And when those flakes do hit the ground... the leaves are sure to follow in a blink of an eye. A day or three is all the time you'll get to give autumn colors their final embrace.