METUCHEN - The lack of heavy snowfalls and slippery ice has meant slow business for the area's hardware stores that have stocked up on shovels and rock salt for the winter months.

For Groundhog's Day today, some of the furry creatures predicted that spring will soon arrive. If that is the case, the hardware stores that have plenty of salt and other winter supplies will be stuck with them for the year.

Other groundhogs called for six more weeks of winter. This would bring many businesses back up to speed and make many hardware store managers grateful for the boost.