BetteBette Memmote, a resident of River Street Commons, tackles the slush on her car as she prepares for an outing to the Red Bank Public Library this afternoon.

For the benefit of those who work in windowless places or are too busy to look outside, it’s raw out there.

Cold. Wet. Cold enough to make the wet sleety and slushy. The kind of precipitation that’s just dying to get past your collar. And it looks like it’s going to say that way through the night.

Best thing to do: stay inside with a nice, hot mugful.

Here’s the National Weather Service forecast for our area:

This Afternoon: Periods of rain. High near 38. East wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. Cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

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