When Kevin Valerio announced the annual re-opening of his Strollo’s Lighthouse Italian Ice business in Red Bank last week, daytime temperatures were peaking around 70 degrees. So he didn’t expect the stand, at Rector Place and North Bridge Avenue, to be encrusted in American ice and snow that he and his employees would have to hack away at with less than 24 hours to go.

But no matter how cold the weather, the reopening, slated for noon Friday, will go ahead as planned, he told redbankgreen Thursday.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will peak in the low 40s on the Greater Red Bank Green Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the full forecast(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)