By Renée Santos

APPLEGATE (CBS13) — It’s the biggest storm so far this season. Snow fell in areas as low as Applegate Tuesday night, a small town where Wayne Bennett lives.

The area was already hit with snow over the weekend and is now gearing up for more including rain and gusty winds.

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“And the big truckers come down here and get snow chains too and have chain control going,” Bennett said.

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Caltrans has been working along I-80, stopping big rigs just before heading up the mountain ensuring all are equipped with chains for safety.

Further up the I-80 in the town of Colfax, the area was hit with gusty winds and a wintery mix of rain and snow flurries Tuesday night. It’s where Preston Gregory stopped for gas before heading back home to Stockton.

“As I start driving, I’m like man, I left just in time,” he said.

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He’s wasn’t expecting snow as low and says the roads are already slippery.

“I slipped a couple of times and I was like oh maybe I should go a little slower. I threw it in all-wheel drive and I’m like man this is crazy,” Gregory added.

High winds in the area packed a punch.

“I work with chains up in the summit,” said John Major.

The weather will be keeping John Major busy as this strong winter storm passes through the areas.

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“But it’s a good one, it’s a strong one, two, or three-day storm,” he said.