About two inches of snow lay on the streets of downtown Red Bank at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday during the early part of what forecasters said would become a daylong blizzard. 

Over the course of an hour’s slog on foot, redbankgreen encountered sleet that changed to moderately heavy rain.

Schools, businesses and government offices were closed in light of a state of emergency declared by Governor Chris Christie Monday evening. A National Weather Service blizzard warning remained in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday, with four to eight inches of snow now expected to fall on the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green — down from earlier predictions. 

Forecasters said the wet, heavy snow, combined with strong winds, could take down power lines, resulting in electricity outages. Coastal flooding was also expected.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)