AND NOW, WE DIG OUT

shovelerReady for battle, a man armed with a shovel braved the white-out conditions on Branch Avenue in Red Bank Sunday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

A blizzard that prompted a declaration of a state of emergency left a good two feet of snow in the Red Bank area Sunday and prompted a near-complete shutdown of schools, businesses and government operations on Monday.

broadTraffic was light, and slow, heading into downtown Red Bank on Broad Street late Sunday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

As of 6a, North Jersey Coast Line service was temporarily suspended in both directions due to weather-related operating difficulties.

Schools and government offices are closed, and Red Bank and Fair Haven have canceled trash pickup scheduled for Monday.

Though the snowfall has ended, a wind advisory remains in effect, with the National Weather Service predicting sustained northwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 mph.

A NJ Transit train struck an unoccupied vehicle that got stuck on the tracks at Monmouth Street in Red Bank Sunday evening, the Asbury Park Press reported. There were no injuries.