GRUNDY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)  --  The first snowflakes of the year fell in the Tennessee Valley early Tuesday morning. Those who live on Monteagle in Grundy County say it hasn't snowed this early in decades.

"I believe it was in 40' or 41'," says Grundy County resident Otis Hampton.  

"Its kind of early for the snow," Jerry Hobbs says.

An Altamont native, Hobbs says folks up on the mountain have seen winter weather capable of shutting down the entire town.

Thankfully, this was just a dusting but Hobbs knows what could lie ahead in the coming months.

"If this was March everybody would be running for the house or something to get in but its not March," laughs Hobbs.  

Between an inch and an inch and a half of snow fell in Grundy County, for some residents it's a sign of a harsh winter to come.

"It could be," Hobbs says.

"I think so and everybody is really excited. It puts us in the mood for Christmas," says Susan Sissom, a Palmer resident.  

However, not everyone is sold on the idea.

"Naw, it ain't gonna be no bad winter," Hampton says. "Its just not as cold as it used to get."

The temperatures may still be above freezing but residents like Sissom knows what happens when the thermometer drops.

"The roads get really icy and we just kind of stay home," she says.  

The snow left as quickly as it came and residents know this is just the first of many snowfalls to come.

"We've been through it before, if it does we'll manage to get through it again," says Hobbs.

The National Weather Service reports it has snowed in November just a handful of times since the 1920's.