Foothill communities prepare for winter storm

FRESNO, Calif.

"It depends on your heating situation. Livestock situation. If you have livestock outside animals, things to keep them warm. Things to keep them fed. No one wants to get rain on hey in a down pour." said Telles.

Customers have also been buying things like lamp oils, batteries, and flashlights in case of a power outage. That's because residents here know if it happens -- they could be in the dark for an extended period of time.

"A lot of people up here try to stay pretty well prepared because power outages happen. Especially up here when there are windy roads. Wet situations you know." added Telles.

PG&E will have crews on standby 24/7. But officials admit getting to the problem can be tougher than fixing it.

"We see low snow levels and sometimes, particularly in the more remote areas it's very difficult to access our equipment to make those repairs. So sometimes the duration of those outages can be a little bit longer." said PG&E Spokesman Jeff Smith.

Almond growers in the valley will also being keeping a close eye on the storm. Nick Marchini says the rain and frigid temperatures could damage some of his blossoms which are already unstable this season.

"This year has been a very weird year for weather. This bloom has not been ideal whatsoever, and this is just icing on the cake." said Marchini.

If the temperature reaches 28 degrees or below growers will have to take extra precautions to protect their product.

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