ANOTHER STORM DAMPENS BUSINESS

broadFew pedestrians were out on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank late Wednesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

Not to belabor the obvious, but the snowy winter of 2010-’11 is putting a tight squeeze on Red Bank stores and restaurants, owners say.

“It’s killing us,” says Gary Sable, of That Hot Dog Place on Monmouth Street. Motioning to the municipal parking lot on White Street, he says” “Look, it’s empty.”

Empty of everything but white stuff, that is. And the outlook is for more than previously expected.

Wednesday’s snow came in sooner and heavier than expected, with forecasters boosting their expected accumulation totals. Up to a foot of snow is now expected by early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Previously, forecasters expected more rain than snow today, with totals of six to nine inches.

Here’s the forecast:

This Afternoon: Rain, snow, and sleet. High near 34. Northeast wind between 14 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow, mainly before 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 28. Blustery, with a north wind 19 to 22 mph decreasing to between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Thursday: A chance of snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind between 8 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Friday: A chance of flurries. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Friday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.