WESTPORT - Many across southwestern Connecticut are gearing up for the first snowflakes of the year this weekend.

One store preparing is Westport Hardware True Value at 616 Post Road East.

Owner Richard Valez says it was really unusual he had to go into his warehouse today and pull out all of the major snow supplies this early in the season.

He says it has been a couple of years since he has done so.

Valez says with leaves still on the trees, ice and snow could easily bring down branches and lead to power outages.