POLLOCK PINES, CA - As a week of wet and wintry weather arrives, people are stocking up and ready to hunker down.
"I've got my shovel ready. I've got my snowplow ready, my window covers," said Colin Matte of Pollock Pines, as he paid his bill at the counter of the local True Value Hardware store.
"Our store does great this time of year, especially when a storm is coming," True Value Manager Jason Paquin said.
Some in this small foothill community above Placerville are worried icy conditions could cause power outages. PG&E crews have been trimming back trees, hoping to keep lines from being knocked out.
"The leaves are still on the trees and if the snow comes, it's gonna knock down the limbs," said long-time resident Lucy Dmot, who said she was once without power for nearly a week.
At Strawberry Lodge at the 6,000 foot level on Highway 50, a fire crackled and an expected influx of early holiday business guaranteed a job for Armando Rosas.
"Early winter, we get a lot of people up here, a lot of tourists and a lot of people driving up to Tahoe," Rosas said.
Strawberry Lodge owner Mike Hicks said a good Thanksgiving would be a great start to the winter.
"Pretty rare that we get a good snow before Thanksgiving, but it makes a huge difference because people get in the mood and they're here for Thanksgiving," Hicks said.
Higher parts of the Sierra are expected to get up to 5 feet of snow in the next week as several storms sweep through.