WEATHER: MILD FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

rb ice 011715Skaters and ice boaters shared the freeze-hardened Navesink River Saturday, as seen from Cooper’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown. Then came Sunday’s daylong deluge of nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: partial sunshine and a high near 41 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: SUCH QUACKY WEATHER…

navesink ice 010915The ice on the Navesink – or what used to be called the North Shrewsbury – River “certainly isn’t good” for sport after just a couple of days of bitter cold, according to the ice line at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club Friday. But following an unexpected snowfall of about an inch in the morning, somebody found it sufficient for walking, as seen from the Cooper Bridge early Friday afternoon.

After soaring into the mid-30s Friday afternoon, overnight temperatures are expected dip into the low teens Friday and Saturday nights, with a daytime peak of only about 22 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. But expect daytime highs in the mid-30s for most of next week, according to the forecast.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BITING COLD GRIPS THE GREEN

jim barnett 0107159 degrees 010815Jim Barnett walks his furry little friend down frigid Broad Street in Red Bank Wednesday night, when temperatures were hovering around 18 degrees. By early Thursday morning, the temperature had dropped into the single digits, as seen at right – and with the wind factored in, it was seven degrees below zero at 5 a.m, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecasts continued freezing temperatures through Saturday, with a dusting of perhaps half an inch of snow Friday.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: THE FORECAST

rb rain 112614 1Broad Street in Red Bank, looking north from the Post Office through a rain-blurred windshield Wednesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Amid talk of a northeaster – or, as the Pepperidge Farm voiceover guy might say, a ‘nor-eastuh’ – dumping snow on much of New Jersey, here’s the weather outlook for the greater Red  Bank Green for the next few days…

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WEATHER TURNS BONE-CHILLING COLD

riverside-blockrb temp 111914Ok, so it didn’t snow – we just wanted to have some fun. But it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit in Red Bank at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and 13 degrees with wind-chill factored in. The Green is in for a sunny but chilly day, with temperatures barely climbing above freezing, according to Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: OUTSIDE THE STORM TRACK

rb brine 032514 Brine tracks laid down Tuesday in Red Bank’s Marine Park in preparation for a possible big storm turned out to be an unneeded precaution. The storm blew past most of New Jersey early Wednesday en route to eastern Canada, where residents were bracing for the biggest blizzard in a decade. On the Green, residents woke to find their cars covered in white, but the streets and sidewalks clear of snow. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: JUST LET IT BE SPRING ALREADY

fh new sod 032414It’s spring. What are we to make of this talk of a “coastal monster” of a storm, or “blizzard bomb,” or whatever the weather worrywarts are calling it?

The latest consensus forecast appears to be that our region might take a “glancing blow” from a brewing northeaster Tuesday night, with a few inches of snow, but “a worst-case scenario of an epic blizzard [is] still not off the table,” says Slate.

We’re with the Fair Haven cops: Stay off the new sod, snow. In fact, stay off the old sod, too. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WARMER, WITH RESIDUAL UGLY

rb spring 031114Shirtsleeve weather arrived on the Green with temperatures in the low 60s, even as this blackened carbuncle of “snow” clung to life in Red Bank’s English Plaza parking lot Tuesday afternoon. The springlike weather won’t last long, but the next few days will be more springlike than wintry, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: A SWIRL OF SNOW AND SAND

rb snow 030314The snowstorm-that-wasn’t did leave a couple of inches of frozen white stuff on the Green Monday, prompting the need for an application of sand in a parking lot off Clay Street in Red Bank. For Tuesday, expect cloudy skies with a high temperature of about 31 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SNOWSTORM: IS THAT IT?

RB snow 030314A man works a snowblower on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning following a snowfall that started later and ended sooner than forecast, leaving just a couple of inches on the ground, rather than the six-to-eight inches we’d be warned of. The Weather Channel says another inch may fall by afternoon. Then: bitter cold, as temperatures fall to the single digits overnight, according to the National Weather Service.(Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BRACES FOR ANOTHER BLANKETING

rb brine 030114DPW sprayers laid down stripes of ice-inhibiting salt brine throughout Red Bank on Saturday, including Spring Street, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank has suspended trash pickups scheduled for Monday as the borough prepares for yet another extended snowfall beginning Sunday night.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL DIGS INTO SNOW LAW

rb snow 020314 3An unidentified man shovels snow on English Plaza in Red Bank earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

Repeatedly frustrated by an inability to clear snow-clogged streets, Red Bank officials are expected Wednesday night to mull an outright ban on overnight parking when it snows.

Also on the agenda for the borough council’s bimonthly meeting: a measure requiring shovelers to clear a path at least 42 inches wide, and banning them from throwing or plowing the snow out into the street.

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FAIR HAVEN: LAMP POSTS SAFE FOR NOW

fh pole 022514A street lamp lies on the sidewalk in front of Fair Haven Borough Hall Tuesday, several weeks after police said it was downed by a Monmouth County snow plow, and just yards east of another pole that also appears to have been clipped by a plow but didn’t fall.

The River Road lamps should be safe Wednesday, as the forecast is for under an inch of snow – probably not enough to plow. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK LOADS UP ON POTHOLE FIXER

rb pothole 022114A Red Bank DPW worker fills potholes at East Front Street and Washington Street with cold patch last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s white-knuckle driving season in Red Bank as motorist navigate jagged, gaping potholes in the aftermath of several weeks of snowy and icy weather.

Reports of flat tires, busted axles and near-miss accidents are common.

What are the road crews doing about it? Filling holes with a temporary asphalt product called cold patch, DPW supervisor Bobby Holiday tells redbankgreen.

But finding the stuff was a bit nervewracking in itself.

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RED BANK: IS THE NIGHTMARE OVER?

rb snow 021814Val DeFazio clears snow from the awning of Buona Sera Ristorante on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures rose into the low 40s.

For the first time in what seemed like eons, residents of the Green woke Wednesday to find no snowflake symbols in near-term weather forecasts. The National Weather Service says Wednesday is likely to be rainy, with a high of 47 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: POTHOLE-NECK ON WHITE STREET

rb potholes 021814Never a joy to negotiate, the narrow east end of White Street at Broad in Red Bank was reduced to a single lane Tuesday morning by orange cones warning of potholes. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ICE-FILLED CRATERS ABOUND

rb pothole 021714rb pothole 021714 2 Weeks of abuse in the form of heavy snow, thawing and refreezing have left numerous craters in the streets of Red Bank, where orange barrels are now appearing to divert motorists. One is in the middle of the westbound lane on Reckless Place, at Broad Street, above, and another is in the center of East Bergen Place near Hudson Avenue, at right. The borough maintains a hotline to which motorists can report potholes: 732-530-2691. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: NO TICKETS ISSUED OVERNIGHT

rb snow 021314A Red Bank snow plow navigates around parked cars on Madison Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Police Chief Darren McConnell says no tickets were issued for overnight parking violations because “the snow started so late and was lighter than expected,” but two cars that hadn’t moved since the last storm were towed from Locust Avenue. The continuing storm has borough officials warning of summonses and possible towing for vehicles left out on streets Thursday night into Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SNOW STEPS BACK INTO PICTURE?

rb snow 021014After a dusting of about an inch overnight, the greater Green woke Monday to a snow-free forecast… at least until Wednesday. The Weather Channel puts the chance of snow that night at 30 percent. The strange footprint above was seen outside the Santander (formerly Sovereign) Bank branch on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ICY CONDITIONS LINGER

RB snow 020414 1Ice, slush and puddles made walking and driving in downtown Red Bank dicey Tuesday. More snow was forecast for Wednesday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RB snow 020414 2Commuters face possibly hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said freezing rain could lay up to a quarter-inch of ice on roads and sidewalks by 9 a.m.

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RED BANK: THEN AGAIN, THERE ARE SNOWMEN

rb snowman 020314 3This guy, on Spring Street, had an umbrella embedded in his head, so he’s set for the rain and sleet forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Below, a giant snowman at Tower Hill Avenue and Spring Street featured crushed Budweiser cans for buttons. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snowman 020314 6One upside of Monday’s snowstorm, as with most, was the sudden proliferation of snowmen across the Green.

redbankgreen‘s walk through central Red Bank Monday afternoon put us in the company of some cheerful if somewhat flaky gentlemen. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: WINTER STREETS GET UGLY FAST

rb snow 020314 10Looks pretty on the traffic light at Broad and Front streets in Red Bank, doesn’t it? Not so much, however, at street level a block away, at East Front and Wharf Avenue, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snow 020314 12The third – or was it the eighth? – snowstorm of 2014 dropped a white blanket on the Red Bank area that quickly lost its charm Monday.

redbankgreen took late afternoon walk through central Red Bank, camera in hand. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: MEASURABLE EVIDENCE OF WINTER

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Another fast-falling snow blanketed the Red Bank area Monday morning, covering Broad Street in traffic-slowing slush, above, and putting a shoveler to work in English Plaza, at right.

The forecast: four-to-eight inches by midafternoon, when the snowfall is expected to taper to flurries and temperatures drop toward the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service . (Click to enlarge)

 

WEAR A SNUGGIE, BUT BRING AN UMBRELLA

rb sofa 013014After a week of frigid temperatures, a sofa left at the curb on West Street in Red Bank appears all set for the first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl Sunday. But the game could turn out to be a rainy affair, as temperatures rise into the high 40s over the next three days, according to the National Weather Service forecast. (Click to enlarge)