ON THE GREEN: A BLANKET OF WHITE

rb snow 032115 2 rb snow 032115The first full day of spring 2015 began Saturday with roads clear and trees, houses and cars adorned with the prettiest snow that winter has to offer, as seen in these two photos from the corner of East Bergen Place and South Street in Red Bank. A parting gift?

The snow should vanish quickly, as temperatures were forecast to rise to the mid-40s. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: ONE LAST BLAST OF WINTER?

rb snow prep 031915bwb. 031915The final full day of the frigid winter of 2015 saw the borough of Red Bank again laying down down brine Thursday in anticipation of a snowfall Friday.

Though the northern part of New Jersey was expected to get up to six inches of snow, the Greater Red Bank Green was in for just 1 to 3, according to the National Weather Service, with white stuff beginning to fall around 11 a.m. Popular Facebook forecaster Bob Weatherman Burger, who created the map at right, says it won’t stick to roadways and sidewalks, though.

Spring begins at 6:45 p.m., according to the Farmer’s Almanac. (Map by Bob Weatherman Burger. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: THAW CONTINUES

rb thaw 030815 2navesink ice 030915After weeks of bitter cold and snow, a lone seagull occupied the narrowing ice of the Navesink River off Red Bank Sunday afternoon, above. By Monday evening, after a day of temperatures in the high 40s, the river ice had retreated, as seen from the Molly Pitcher Hotel Marina, at right.

The National Weather Service forecasts midday temperatures to remain in the mid-40s or higher through the rest of the week, with occasional rain. (Photos by John T. Ward and Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: WARMING UP

rb thaw 030815 4rb snow 030515 7Seventy-two hours after Thursday’s snowstorm, the same view – west along Harding Road in Little Silver, toward Tower Hill – was quite different Sunday, when temperatures reached into the mid-40s under sunny skies.

The Greater Red Bank Green was said to be in for a possible glazing of ice or snow before 9 a.m. Monday, after which temperatures were expected to zoom above 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: SNOW TAPERS OFF

rb snow 030515 1 rb snow 030515 4Sledders took to the hill at Tower Hill Church in Red Bank while the snow was still falling Thursday afternoon, and a passenger cleared a windshield on Broad Street, right.

Friday will likely be more a day of scraping than sledding as a storm that left about eight inches of snow began moving out and schools started announcing delayed openings for Friday morning. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: SCHOOL CLOSINGS

The following schools have announced closings and delayed openings as of 5:50 a.m. Thursday because of the expected snowstorm. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed opening.

• Fair Haven schools: closed.

• Little Silver schools: closed

• Red Bank borough schools: closed

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: closed

•  Red Bank Charter School: closed

• Red Bank Regional: closed.

•Rumson borough schools: closed

• Rumson Country Day School: closed.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: closed

• Shrewsbury School: closed

• Tinton Falls school: closed

In addition…

• The Community YMCA in Red Bank is closed.

 

RED BANK READY FOR STORM, SAYS DPU HEAD

rb snow 012115 2Plows will roll out of the borough DPU yard on Chestnut Street starting at about 3 a.m. Thursday, says a borough official. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

As recently as Tuesday morning, “we were begging for salt,” Red Bank utilities head Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

But by the end of the day, his department obtained a load of salt – just enough, Watson expects, to get the town through the snowstorm forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday, when 6 to 10 inches are expected to fall.

“We’re OK for this event,” Watson said Wednesday afternoon, moments after wrapping a meeting at which plowing assignments were given out.

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ON THE GREEN: DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS

The following schools have announced delayed openings as of 5:45 a.m. Monday because of icy road conditions. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed openings at all locations.

• Fair Haven schools: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Little Silver schools delayed openings: Point Road School 10 a.m., Markham Place 10:05.

• Red Bank borough schools: two-hour delay.

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: delayed opening.

•  Red Bank Charter School: delayed opening.

• Red Bank Regional: Two-hour delay.

• Rumson Country Day School: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: Period 1 starts 9:15 a.m.

• Shrewsbury School: 10:30 opening, morning preschool cancelled.

• Tinton Falls school: delayed opening.

 

ON THE GREEN: ICEBOATING WEATHER

rb iceboats 022514 2Wednesday’s sunset on our beautiful, frozen Navesink River at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Red Bank, where a cluster of iceboats sat the ready. The Greater Red Bank Green could see up to an inch of snow by early afternoon as temperatures stay below 25 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasts. And the outlook is good for iceboating, with the freeze expected to linger into Sunday. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: MISPLACED OPTIMISM?

rb kayak 022115With the highly variable weather seen on the Greater Red Bank Green in recent days – bitter cold, snow, rain and a rapid snowmelt with temperatures in the mid-40s – the owner of the kayak seen on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday might be forgiven for not knowing what’s next.

Well, what’s next is a forecast better for iceboating than kayaking, as peak daytime temperatures remain below 30 degrees for the next few days, with the exception of Wednesday, when they’ll top off at about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temps aided by wind-chills, will again be frigid. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: WARMER WEATHER, BRIEFLY

ls icicle 021715Rising from the single digits, temperatures should peak in the low 30s Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies melting off some the ice and snow left behind on Tuesday, including these icicles hanging from an awning in Little Silver. After a possible dusting of overnight snow, Thursday may bring a return to temperatures in the teens, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

rb cold 021615A bicyclist takes advantage of the empty sidewalk along Broad Street in Red Bank in the bitter cold Monday morning. A fresh blanket of snow fell overnight into Tuesday morning, with another two inches expected by noon, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

We’ll update this list of weather-related cancellations from the top as we get them:

• Monmouth County Offices will have a delayed opening of 10:30 a.m.

• Red Bank Regional is closed due to hazardous weather conditions. All after-school athletics and other activities cancelled.

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ON THE GREEN: BITTER COLD

1 DEGREEYes, it was 1 degree above zero, with winds up to 21 miles per hour knocking it down to 18 below zero, on the Greater Red Bank Green at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

With the National Weather Service forecasting daytime temperatures to peak at 19 degrees, and wind chills of 19 below zero, staying home and making hot cocoa sounded like a good choice for Presidents’ Day, for those who have the option. (Click to enlarge)

 

FAIR HAVEN: SHELTER FROM THE STORM PLOW

FH SNOW 020315 2FH SNOW 020315 1Bonnie Graziano of Fair Haven doesn’t know why her husband, Chuck, planted a line of baby Leyland Cypress trees along the edge of their Harding Road property in winter – and Chuck was not available for immediate comment. But the plywood bulwark he built to protect them from heavy snow tossed their way by snowplows held up during last week’s nonblizzard and appeared still to be doing its job Tuesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: ‘SNOW BIG DEAL?

rb snow 020215 1Snow was rapidly accumulating on sidewalks and streets across the Greater Red Bank Green Monday afternoon, in apparent contrast to earlier forecasts by the National Weather Service. This guy riding his bike on Broad Street in Red Bank didn’t appear to mind, though.

At 4 p.m., here was the latest outlook from Weather Underground:

Through the rest of this afternoon, scattered snow showers will continue to develop and move through the region. Localized accumulations of less than an inch are possible. Northwest winds will increase and temperatures will fall deeper below freezing. Please be cautious if driving into this evening.
(Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

MORE WHITE ON GREEN?

rb green van 013015This delightful vignette seen outside the former Douglass Auto Electric repair shop at the corner of Maple Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank Friday seems the perfect accompaniment to this breaking weather forecast…

The Greater Red Bank Green could be in for a bit more snow accumulation overnight into Monday morning. There appears to be agreement among the National Weather Service, Weather Underground and the Weather Channel that we’ll see less than an inch of snow overnight and again Monday, but that ice as a result of intermittent rain could make the morning commute hazardous. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: NO JOE’S A NO-SHOW

Blizzard 012715 5No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD

bread 012515The bread shelves at the SuperFoodtown in Red Bank were nearly bare Sunday afternoon as locals stocked up in anticipation of a blizzard expected to sock the region Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.

Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: PLOWING THE NORTH 40

GUBBAY 012415“I’ve been dying for a real snow,” Adrian Gubbay told redbankgreen as he cleared slush in front of a neighbor’s house on Madison Avenue in Red Bank Saturday morning. The overnight snowfall gave Gubbay his first opportunity to use an old family tractor he’d restored in recent months. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: IT GETS UGLY FAST

rb snow 012415 5rb snow 012415 4It looked pretty for a while. But an overnight snowfall – the first significant one of the season – that left two inches of white on the Greater Red Bank Green had been turned by rain into serious slush by 5 a.m. Saturday in downtown Red Bank.

The National Weather Service forecast is for a rain throughout the day Saturday, heavy at times, turning to snow showers overnight but with little or no accumulation. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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ON THE GREEN: SNOW AND RAIN IN FORECAST

rb ice 012215Snow may blanket more than just our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Maple Avenue in Red Bank Thursday. The National Weather Service says we could get up to three inches between late Friday night and Saturday morning, with the precipitation turning back to rain as temperatures rise to about 38 degrees during the day. (Weather Underground and the Weather Channel put it at up to five inches.) Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, but there could be more accumulating snow Sunday night and Monday.   (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SNOWFALL LEAVES A DUSTING

rb snow 012215An overnight snow left cars and lawns lightly dusted, but Pinckney Road and other streets in Red Bank were clear shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.

A more significant snowfall is expected this weekend, however, when up to four inches of snow may accumulate Friday night and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. More accumulation is possible Sunday night and Monday, it says.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS

rb plows 012115rb snow 012115 1Red Bank borough plows and a salt spreader at the Broad Street post office stand at the ready for expected snow Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service puts the likelihood of snow after 5 p.m. at 60 percent, with slippery roadway conditions an accumulation of less than an inch overnight.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: CHANCE OF SNOW WEDNESDAY

rb snowman 020314 3An umbrella, and snow boots, may come in handy Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 70-percent chance that rain mixed with snow will begin falling on the greater Red Bank Green after 1 p.m., and  change to just snow by 4 p.m., mucking up the evening commute. The snow could continue overnight into Thursday morning, with accumulations of an inch or two. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)