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: 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)

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)