ARCTIC COLD LINGERS

With temperatures in the teens, our beautiful Navesink River was a white wonderland for iceboaters and strollers willing to step out onto hardened water between Red Bank and Middletown Wednesday. Thursday started off with wind-chill temperatures six degrees below zero, and a forecast high of 30 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

BITING COLD CONTINUES ON THE GREEN

rb icicle 012814A sign of the times at the Galleria at Red Bank on Bridge Avenue Tuesday morning, above. Winter’s fierce grip continued Wednesday as residents of the Green woke to a dusting of snow and a forecast of more biting cold through the day, with temperatures around 12 degrees at dawn promising to get only to about 24 over the course of the day – and wind-chill temperatures remaining in the low teens. Daytime peaks are expected to climb to 47 by Sunday, however, the National Weather Service says. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ASPHALT IS ‘VICTORY’ TO PLOWMAN

rb snow 012214 3The view looking south on Leighton Avenue through the windshield of a borough salt truck early Wednesday morning, above. Below, a plow working Monmouth Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb snow 012214 1The  plowman got lucky this time.

Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm may have caught motorists and school administrators off guard with its blinding swiftness. But it dropped a powdery load, and ended late at night, giving those responsible for clearing it from roadways a leg up.

In Red Bank, it also helped that more residents than usual moved their cars off the streets, said Gary Watson, director of the borough public utilities department.

“That made a huge difference,” he told redbankgreen as he drove a road-salting truck early Wednesday morning.

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RED BANK: STORM SNARLS TRAFFIC

rb traffic 012114 1fh traffic 012114Motorists who failed to get a jump on Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm paid the price in slow-moving traffic in the early afternoon, as on East Front Street in Red Bank, above, and River Road in Fair Haven, right.

Red BankPolice Chief Darren McConnell reported the bottlenecks were beginning to clear shortly after 3 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

DRIVING SNOW BRINGS GREEN TO A CRAWL

sb 012114A pedestrian – or was she a bridge tender? makes her way across the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge shortly after noon, above. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A driving snowstorm blew into the Red Bank area Tuesday morning, quickly turning roads treacherous, blotting out visibility and slowing traffic to a crawl.

redbankgreen took a lunchtime tour of the Green that turned into a slog. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: PARKING, PLOWING, RECYCLING

rb snowstorm 010314 24With a heavy snow and deep freeze in the forecast for the next 24 hours, Red Bank officials are asking borough residents to get their cars off the streets between midnight and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing. In addition, the borough is postponing the recycling pickup scheduled for Wednesday on streets west of Broad Street by one day, DPW director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

Hey, who wants hot chocolate? Check out PieHole for some interesting recipes on this flavorful, body-warming favorite. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GETTING READY FOR THE STORM

rb deicing 012114Bike while you can, Red Bank. Borough DPW trucks laid down anti-icing salt brine on streets – that’s Chestnut Street above, looking west toward the train station –  in anticipation of significant snowfall and deep freeze beginning late Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

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.

FAIR HAVEN: GREY ON GREY ON THE NAVESINK

fh navesink ice 011014Hey, it may be cold, damp and foggy, but it’s still and always our beautiful Navesink River, right? A somewhat icy-slushy version was seen from the Fair Haven town dock Friday afternoon at the start of a weekend that’s expected to be rainy and warm Saturday and sunny and not-so-warm Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: STEAM AND ICE

sb freeze 010714SB FREEZE 2 010714Steam rises from the relatively warm Atlantic Ocean as a dog walker braves the wind-chilled sub-zero temperatures of North Beach in Sea Bright Tuesday morning. Just across Ocean Avenue, the Shrewsbury River had begun to freeze. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PRE-DAWN IN THE WIND AND SNOW

As is its custom during a heavy snowfall, redbankgreen went for a brisk stroll into downtown Red Bank during Friday’s storm and found a few hardy souls to share the slippery pavement with, including a cross-country skier, a bicyclist and a man running for a bus. Here’s a slideshow of what we saw. (Photos by John T. Ward)

RED BANK: DIGGING OUT FROM THE STORM

Snowblower operators were among a team digging out at an apartment complex on Broad Street in Red Bank Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: OUR FEELINGS EXACTLY

rb snowstorm 010314 1A young shoveler in a jacket capturing the mood of many others tackles the snow on Elm Place in Red Bank Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SNOW BLANKETS REGION

Clearing the lot at the Red Bank Foodtown at about 6 a.m. Friday. About 10 inches of snow fell overnight as temperatures dropped into the low teens. Councilman Art Murphy, who toured the town in his truck, said major roads are passable. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

WEATHER: THIS IS WINTER?

navesink fog 122313 2Clouds above and clouds below as fog lay like a blanket on our beautiful Navesink River Monday morning, as seen from the home of a redbankgreen reader from Riverside Towers in Red Bank. Expect rain, possibly heavy at times, and temperatures in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service. (Click to enlarge)

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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WEATHER TOYS WITH FORECASTERS

rb snow 121013 1Main roads on the Green were clear at midday Tuesday, as seen here looking east along Harding Road from Tower Hill in Red Bank.

Forecasters, meanwhile, seemed in a scramble for clarity on how bad the storm would be. The National Weather Service has upped its estimated accumulation total to 2 to 4 inches – from 1 to 3 inches earlier today. The Weather Underground, meanwhile, has gone in the other direction, changing its forecast to 1 to 3 inches, from 3 to 5 earlier in the day. The Weather Channel has backed down to 1 to 3, from 2 to 4, and Facebook fave Bob ‘Weatherman’ Burger has eased back to 2 to 4 inches in our region, from 3 to 6. All agree it should be over by Tuesday evening, when temps are expected to drop into the 20s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TOO WARM FOR SNOW?

rb snow 37 111213rb 37 tempThis weather app below – and other sources suggested that it was too warm for snow. And yet, the first flurries of the 2013-’14 season were falling in Red Bank starting around 7:10 Tuesday morning, after temperatures dropped almost 15 degrees in the preceding two hours.

The National Weather Service says skies around here will clear around 1 p.m., yielding to sunshine and a high of around 43 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK AREA: AFTER THE SNOW, A RINSE

The historic blizzard that socked New England over the weekend left a modest and easily conquered five or six inches on the Green Saturday, creating a snowy playland for some children on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, while municipal workers cleared a crosswalk on Broad Street. Light rain and temperatures reaching the high 40s are forecast to begin washing away the white Monday. (Click to enlarge)

UGLY DUCKLING WEATHER

Love snow and ice? You’ll find things just ducky Monday, when the Green could get up to half an inch of accumulated snow, sleet and rain, according to the Weather Channel. Our photos were taken Sunday on East Front Street in Red Bank, above, and from the bridge under reconstruction on Seven Bridge Road in Little Silver on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)