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ON THE GREEN: DIGGING OUT GETS UNDERWAY

blizzard 012416 3After a daylong blizzard, residents of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke Sunday to about two feet of snow and flooding of low-lying areas, including South Ward Avenue and Grant Avenue in Rumson, above. By noon, the clearing of cars, roads and sidewalks was well underway, aided by cloudless skies and temperatures heading into the low 30s. Click “read more” for additional photos.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: TIME-LAPSE OF VANISHING BREAD

NJ.com video reporter and Red Bank resident Brian Donohue and a colleague set up time-lapse cameras in the bread aisle of two supermarkets, including the SuperFoodtown on Broad Street, to capture a slice of the predictable, pre-blizzard stockup on staples Friday. Enjoy. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: MAJOR STORM NEARS

RB SALT brine 012116 fh ice 012116 2Salt brine markings on Spring Street in Red Bank and dozens of kids on the ice at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven signaled the late arrival of true winter on the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday.

For emphasis, Mother Nature is planning a blizzard that’s expected to bring “extremely dangerous” travel conditions and possible power outages as a result of heavy wet snow, strong wind gusts and flooding, the National Weather Service forecasts. The region is expected to get about a foot of snow between Friday night and early Sunday morning, the NWS says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: BLIZZARD WATCH ISSUED

BROAD ST 122810Broad Street in Red Bank following a December, 2010 snowstorm. Below, a forecast map from the National Weather Service indicates a snowfall of 14 inches is “most likely” in on the Greater Red Bank Green this weekend, but could range as high as 22 inches. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

snow forecast 012116The National Weather Service issued a weekend blizzard watch Thursday morning for the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green.

Late in the morning, crews from the Red Bank public utilities began laying salt brine on every street in town in an effort to keep the roads safe and delay the start of plowing efforts, DPU director Cliff Keen told redbankgreen.

“I think we’re ready,” said Keen, who’s overseeing his first snow challenge since replacing Gary Watson as department head last month. Most of the department’s staff was also on board for the 2010 blizzard, he notes.

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ON THE GREEN: MISPLACED OPTIMISM?

rb kayak 022115With the highly variable weather seen on the Greater Red Bank Green in recent days – bitter cold, snow, rain and a rapid snowmelt with temperatures in the mid-40s – the owner of the kayak seen on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday might be forgiven for not knowing what’s next.

Well, what’s next is a forecast better for iceboating than kayaking, as peak daytime temperatures remain below 30 degrees for the next few days, with the exception of Wednesday, when they’ll top off at about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temps aided by wind-chills, will again be frigid. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: BRRRRR….

rb temp zero 022015At the risk of stating the obvious: it’s cold outside. This screengrab from the National Weather Service website showed a temperature of zero, with a wind-chill of minus 21 degrees, shortly before 7 a.m. Friday on the Greater Red Bank Green. The NWS has a wind-chill advisory in effect until 11 a.m. Daytime temperatures are expected to peak at about 17 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: FREEZE FOLLOWS NONBLIZZARD

snow 012715 15A view west on River Road in Fair Haven Tuesday as snowfall in the blizzard that wasn’t ended. Area schools were scheduled to reopen Wednesday on delayed starts as temperatures hovered in the single digits, when factoring in wind chills. Some roads will be slippery, local officials caution. Temps are expected to peak at about 32 degrees during the day, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

GREEN: NONBLIZZARD STILL NEEDS SHOVELING

snow 012715 9snow 012715 2The blizzard that wasn’t  still left a mess ‘o snow. And even with the lifting of a statewide travel ban Tuesday morning, non-binding requests by local officials that residents stay off the roads appeared well-heeded. A noontime spin through the Greater Red Bank Green found county roads mostly clear, but local streets somewhat difficult to navigate.

By 1 p.m., the snowfall had ended, the sun was burning through a haze, and temperatures appeared headed to a balmy 30 degrees – if the forecast can be trusted. And local residents took to their shovels and sleds, just as they would after any snowstorm. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: ‘BLIZZARD’ NOW A ‘WINTER STORM’

Blizzard 012715 2 Blizzard 012715 3Winds whipped the flags at Elks Club #233 at about 4:15 a.m. as a heavily hyped “blizzard” dropped the first half-foot of a previously expected two feet of snow on the Red Bank region Tuesday.

But weather forecasters downgraded the event early Tuesday from a blizzard to a ‘winter storm,’ and now expect just three-to-five more inches of snow as snowfall tapers off by 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: NO JOE’S A NO-SHOW

Blizzard 012715 5No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: UM, WHERE IS IT?

blizzard 012615 5 blizzard 012615 6It was cold, eerily quiet and snowfall-free in downtown Red Bank at about 7 p.m. Monday. But don’t be fooled, says the weatherbot. Even as redbankgreen was taking its evening constitutional, the National Weather Service was issuing this statement:

7 PM Update: While portions of the region are seeing a lull in the precipitation currently, snow bands from the main system are just now starting to move into the region. Once these heavier bands move in through the evening, the snow is expected to continue through the overnight hours into tomorrow morning.

Please continue to take this storm seriously. We haven’t yet begun to see the worst conditions.

Well, alright then. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: NEVER MIND BREAD. BUY WINE.

While other residents of the Greater Red Bank Green were in panic mode in the bread aisles of supermarkets, some were preparing for the looming blizzard by stocking up on their favorite beverages. NJ.com’s Brian Donohue caught up with some of them at Spirits Unlimited in Middletown, home of the famous “evil clown” sign.

RED BANK TO BARRICADE DOWNTOWN STREETS

RB ENGLISH PLAZA 122810For days after the December 26, 2010 blizzard, the English Plaza parking lot in Red Bank, above and below, remained closed, in part because of vehicle strandings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RB ENGLISH PL 122910Apparently hoping to head off a repeat of problems seen in the 2010 blizzard, Red Bank officials said they would barricade downtown streets to traffic Monday night.

According to an alert issued by the borough early Monday afternoon, officials plan to seal off the English Plaza and White Street municipal lots at 10 p.m. and to shut down Broad Street at 1 a.m. Tuesday, early into a storm that forecasters expect to last about 30 hours and drop more than two feet of snow on much of the Northeastern United States.

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ON THE GREEN: PREPARING FOR WHITE-OUT

blizzard 012615 4blizzard 012615 3A man laid down rock salt in Red Bank, a woman loaded up on the stuff in Little Silver, and plows stood at the ready in Sea Bright as the Greater Red Bank Green braced for a blizzard Monday. A hazardous weather alert from the National Weather Service warned of white-out conditions, high winds, coastal flooding and a possible two feet or more snow over a 30-hour period through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The general consensus on safety: don’t drive if you don’t have to. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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BLIZZARD: CANCELLATIONS AND SUCH…

riverside 122810 2Scenes from the December 26, 2010 blizzard that paralyzed Red Bank for days. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

We’ll update this post at the top as new cancellations come in.

globe ct 122810• Rumson: No trash collection Tuesday. No school, either. And parks are closed at dusk today.

• Red Bank: The Count Basie Theatre presentation of ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’ scheduled for Tuesday night, has been moved to a matinee performance on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3pm. All tickets will be honored.

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ON THE GREEN: BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD

bread 012515The bread shelves at the SuperFoodtown in Red Bank were nearly bare Sunday afternoon as locals stocked up in anticipation of a blizzard expected to sock the region Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.

Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: OUTSIDE THE STORM TRACK

rb brine 032514 Brine tracks laid down Tuesday in Red Bank’s Marine Park in preparation for a possible big storm turned out to be an unneeded precaution. The storm blew past most of New Jersey early Wednesday en route to eastern Canada, where residents were bracing for the biggest blizzard in a decade. On the Green, residents woke to find their cars covered in white, but the streets and sidewalks clear of snow. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: JUST LET IT BE SPRING ALREADY

fh new sod 032414It’s spring. What are we to make of this talk of a “coastal monster” of a storm, or “blizzard bomb,” or whatever the weather worrywarts are calling it?

The latest consensus forecast appears to be that our region might take a “glancing blow” from a brewing northeaster Tuesday night, with a few inches of snow, but “a worst-case scenario of an epic blizzard [is] still not off the table,” says Slate.

We’re with the Fair Haven cops: Stay off the new sod, snow. In fact, stay off the old sod, too. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: A SWIRL OF SNOW AND SAND

rb snow 030314The snowstorm-that-wasn’t did leave a couple of inches of frozen white stuff on the Green Monday, prompting the need for an application of sand in a parking lot off Clay Street in Red Bank. For Tuesday, expect cloudy skies with a high temperature of about 31 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SNOWSTORM: IS THAT IT?

RB snow 030314A man works a snowblower on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning following a snowfall that started later and ended sooner than forecast, leaving just a couple of inches on the ground, rather than the six-to-eight inches we’d be warned of. The Weather Channel says another inch may fall by afternoon. Then: bitter cold, as temperatures fall to the single digits overnight, according to the National Weather Service.(Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BRACES FOR ANOTHER BLANKETING

rb brine 030114DPW sprayers laid down stripes of ice-inhibiting salt brine throughout Red Bank on Saturday, including Spring Street, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank has suspended trash pickups scheduled for Monday as the borough prepares for yet another extended snowfall beginning Sunday night.

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RED BANK: ICY CONDITIONS LINGER

RB snow 020414 1Ice, slush and puddles made walking and driving in downtown Red Bank dicey Tuesday. More snow was forecast for Wednesday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RB snow 020414 2Commuters face possibly hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said freezing rain could lay up to a quarter-inch of ice on roads and sidewalks by 9 a.m.

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RED BANK: THEN AGAIN, THERE ARE SNOWMEN

rb snowman 020314 3This guy, on Spring Street, had an umbrella embedded in his head, so he’s set for the rain and sleet forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Below, a giant snowman at Tower Hill Avenue and Spring Street featured crushed Budweiser cans for buttons. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snowman 020314 6One upside of Monday’s snowstorm, as with most, was the sudden proliferation of snowmen across the Green.

redbankgreen‘s walk through central Red Bank Monday afternoon put us in the company of some cheerful if somewhat flaky gentlemen. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: WINTER STREETS GET UGLY FAST

rb snow 020314 10Looks pretty on the traffic light at Broad and Front streets in Red Bank, doesn’t it? Not so much, however, at street level a block away, at East Front and Wharf Avenue, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snow 020314 12The third – or was it the eighth? – snowstorm of 2014 dropped a white blanket on the Red Bank area that quickly lost its charm Monday.

redbankgreen took late afternoon walk through central Red Bank, camera in hand. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: MEASURABLE EVIDENCE OF WINTER

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Another fast-falling snow blanketed the Red Bank area Monday morning, covering Broad Street in traffic-slowing slush, above, and putting a shoveler to work in English Plaza, at right.

The forecast: four-to-eight inches by midafternoon, when the snowfall is expected to taper to flurries and temperatures drop toward the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service . (Click to enlarge)