FORECAST: LOTSA SNOW, BITTER COLD

rb snowstorm 010314 20“Significant snowfall expected today and tonight, followed immediately by bitterly cold air,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning, warning of a storm that could drop up to 12 inches of wind-driven snow on our area by late evening. Bitterly cold temperatures, with wind chills to about 5 degrees below zero, are expected to follow, with a wind chill advisory in effect for the early part of Wednesday.

SNOW CARPETS THE GREEN AGAIN

rb snow 121713Snow made for some wheel-spinning and tentative driving on the Red Bank-area Green Tuesday morning, as seen above looking east along Pinckney Road in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Once again,there’s some significant variation in the forecasts:

National Weather Service:
Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1pm. High near 38. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Weather Channel:
Snow this morning will transition to snow showers this afternoon. Some rain may mix in. High 34F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

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RED BANK ‘SPRAYGROUND’ PLAN UNDER FIRE

bellhavenA proposal for a water-shooting playground at Red Bank’s little-used Bellhaven Nature Area has raised hackles among environmentalists. (Click to enlarge)

swimming-riverBy JOHN T. WARD

Wednesday night’s meeting of the Red Bank Council could be a water-balloon fight of sorts.

Members of the Environmental Commission, an advisory group, say they were alarmed to learn recently that the borough Parks & Rec department is considering Bellhaven Nature Area, a wetland preserve created just eight years ago, as a possible location for a ‘sprayground,’ a play area that enables kids to get deliriously soaked by nozzles built into fixed apparatus.

Lou DiMento – the lone remaining commission member who was involved in the original preservation effort –  and others say they were shocked to learn that the town might pursue a $250,000 Monmouth County Open Spaces grant, which it would have to match, in order to build the sprayground.

“That stunned us,” especially after the borough government told the commission that it couldn’t come up with a few hundred dollars for a sign to designate the nature area, nestled against the Swimming River at the western end of Locust Avenue, DiMento said.

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