ABOUT THAT ‘NO ACCUMULATION’ FORECAST…

Uh-oh: It has a name – ‘Athena’ – and contrary to National Weather Service forecasts earlier Wednesday, she has already dumped more than an inch of slushy snow on the tri-state region. Above, a snowplow gassed up at the Exxon station on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank. At right, a fender-bender involving a Cluck U Chicken delivery guy and a second driver opposite the Armory Ice Complex on Chestnut Street, also in Red Bank.

The Weather Channel says we’re in for a couple of inches overnight. (Click to enlarge)

NORTHEASTER MOVES INTO REGION

A cold, wet storm quaintly referred to in some quarters as a ‘nor’easter’ moved into the hurricane-battered tri-state region Wednesday afternoon, though this bicyclist on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank appeared undaunted by the rain and snow. The National Weather Service forecasts the mix will continue into early morning Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

FORECAST: WET SNOW WON’T LAST

Juggling hot beverages, a young woman heads into the wind-driven snow on Broad Street in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecasts we’re in for up to a half-inch of accumulation this afternoon, and perhaps another half-inch overnight. Thursday: sunny, with a high near 47. (Click to enlarge)

SLUSHY START TO THE WEEK

The snow left a filigree of ice along a railing at Maple Cove in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

The Green’s first snowfall of 2012 on Saturday becomes workaday slush Monday, as temperatures climb into the low 50s and rain begins to fall Monday afternoon.

Here’s the forecast by the National Weather Service:

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NO MORE WHITE %$&^, PLEASE

ed-matthewsEd Matthews removes the tiny lights that lend winter sparkle to the trees along Broad Street Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

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Ignore that layer of white you awoke to Wednesday morning. Speak not its name.

The season is spring, lest we forget the vernal equinox we passed on Sunday. Any white, flaky stuff falling from the sky is transitory, a last dying cough of winter.

The forecast from the National Weather Service would seem to bear this out. The agency sees a mix of rain and %$&^ through the morning and afternoon, with up to an inch of %$&^ accumulating, mostly on grass rather than roads and sidewalks.

Then the %$&^ turns to rain, on-and-off, through Thursday. Goodbye, %$&^.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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We think we speak for the majority when we say we have seen quite enough snow this winter and hope to make it to spring without seeing another flake, let alone any more accumulation.

But the snowscape featured in last week’s Where reminds us that there were a few hours this winter when it looked all cute and such. Before it got ugly and overstayed its welcome.

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M’TOWN: GET READY TO DIG NEAR SCHOOLS

alexander-drMiddletown is considering heavier enforcement to get sidewalks near schools cleared after a snowfall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This winter’s unprecedented snowfalls brought frustration to Middletown, but they also nudged the township to take another look at how it reacts to the weather.

Following a substandard response to the post-Christmas pounding, when streets went days without seeing a plow and cars got stranded all over town, leadership retooled its plan to clear both roadways and lines of communication.

Now they’re focusing on the sidewalks.

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NOW WAS THAT SO HARD?

Tom Fishkin of Readie’s Fine Foods and activist Cindy Burham took it on themselves to clear off some ice-encrusted benches in downtown Red Bank Tuesday. “Nobody will sit on them, but they’ll look nicer,” Fishkin said. (Click to enlarge)

GRIN AND BEAR IT: SLICK ROADS EXPECTED

black-snowmanA group of Rumson teens decided we’ve seen enough white lately, and built a snowman on River Road, using spray paint to add detail. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

We’re in for an ugly couple of days, according to the weatherbot at the National Weather Service.

A region extending from the northern New Jersey coast down to Maryland is the subject of a winter storm watch effective Monday evening into Wednesday morning.

The storm is expected to drop up to two inches of snow by Tuesday morning. But its main feature will be the variety of nastiness falling from the sky.

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MORE SNOW = MORE SNOW PIX

redbankgreen did a tour through Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Sea Bright Thursday morning to get photos of all the whiteness dumped by the latest winter snowstorm . (Photos by Dustin Racioppi) To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

NATURE LAYS DOWN ANOTHER WHITE BLANKET

Red Bank before and just after dawn Thursday, beneath a sliver of moon and about ten inches of prettifying snow. To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

RED BANK: ‘ALL ROADS ARE OPEN’

branchSnow lies atop wires and tree limbs above Branch Avenue early Wednesday morning. Below, a borough plow working Shrewsbury Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

shrewsburyAll of Red Bank’s streets had been plowed by early Thursday morning following a snowstorm that dumped another ten or so inches on the region, according to public utilities director Gary Watson.

“Our streets are in googd shape,” Watson tells redbankgreen. “All roads are open. It was a busy night but a safe night.”

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ANOTHER STORM DAMPENS BUSINESS

broadFew pedestrians were out on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank late Wednesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

Not to belabor the obvious, but the snowy winter of 2010-’11 is putting a tight squeeze on Red Bank stores and restaurants, owners say.

“It’s killing us,” says Gary Sable, of That Hot Dog Place on Monmouth Street. Motioning to the municipal parking lot on White Street, he says” “Look, it’s empty.”

Empty of everything but white stuff, that is. And the outlook is for more than previously expected.

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A DELIGHTFUL DISAPPOINTMENT

sb-snowVolunteers clear out a path on a Sea Bright sidewalk. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Frank Bain’s register was humming yesterday, with regulars stocking up on ice melter, shovels and sleds at his Ocean Avenue business, Bain’s Hardware.

“They were more prepared for this storm than the last one,” Bain told redbankgreen.

After a treacherous pounding on December 26-27, locals were on high alert for what was expected to be another foot or so to drop last night.

In comparison to that blizzard, though, this one was a dud.

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SCENES FROM AN ‘AVERAGE’ SNOWFALL

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The man in charge of clearing Red Bank’s streets called Tuesday night’s snowfall of about ten inches “average” and said his crews had opened all borough streets by 7a.

“We were lucky,” said public utilities director Gary Watson. “We got less than forecast. This is pretty average.”

The snow was also lighter than that which fell in the blizzard of December 26-27, which paralyzed the town for days.

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SNOW: ARE WE IN FOR IT OR WHAT?

poblanaDee Patel’s grocery store on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank cleared an early path for customers during the December 26-27 storm. (Click to enlarge)

The too-white winter of 2011 is expected to lay a fresh blanket of snow up to 13 inches thick on the Red Bank region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

It begins around 4p, the forecast says, with light accumulation until about 7p, when the snow dump begins in earnest.

The Red Bank police department has issued a request urging that vehicles not be left parked on-street overnight, to make it easier for plows to do their work.

In addition, there are borough streets for which an ordinance prohibits parking when the road is snow-covered, subjecting vehicles to tickets and towing.

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DPU HEAD: SNOW WAS ‘NOT PLOWABLE’

In an interview, Red Bank public utilities director Gary Watson and supervisor Bob Holiday discuss the challenges of the December 26-27 blizzard. Below, a jagged glacier of snow dumped by municipal haulers at the Navesink end of Maple Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

glacierA fast-falling, heavy snow, stranded cars and eager-to-dig-out residents combined to make last week’s blizzard a tough clean-up challenge, says the man in charge of Red Bank’s effort.

“This was a significant storm,” public utilities director Gary Watson tells redbankgeen in the video interview above. “You can’t compare this with other storms.”

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TEMPORARY ROOF FIX DONE AT SUPERMARKET

acme-openA&P in Little Silver reopened early Friday afternoon after the building’s roof partially collapsed this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The A&P supermarket in Little Silver is back in business after a 48-hour shutdown caused by this week’s blizzard.

Contractors worked since Wednesday to shore up the roof of the building, which partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the store got permission to reopen its doors at around noon Friday.

Within an hour, shoppers wended through the store loading up carts and baskets, moving around a cordoned off section at the south end where the damage occurred.

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STELLA GRANDE

stellaStella, a golden retriever “from New Hampshire,” her owner notes, rests her chin on a snowbank outside the Starbucks on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. (Click to enlarge)

SINGLE-LANE REOPENING PLANNED

wfront-122910A towrig pulls a stranded car from the snow while utility crews work on the opposite side of West Front Street at 3:30p Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

A utility pole replacement job continued to vex motorists traveling through Red Bank Wednesday, adding to woes dominated by icy streets and snowpile-narrowed driving lanes.

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RED BANK SPUTTERS BACK TO A START

On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.

Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.

Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.

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POLE FIX JAMS RED BANK TRAFFIC

tieupVehicles backed up along Riverside Avenue earlier today. Below, utility crews working on West Front Street, a portion of which is closed to traffic. (Click to enlarge)

pole-fixSnow-clogged streets and work to replace a snapped utility pole on West Front Street is causing major traffic tie-ups in and around Red Bank Tuesday morning.

Police shut down West Front from Broad Street to Maple Avenue to enable the repair work, which was still underway as of 10:15a with no estimated time of completion yet available, said police Captain Darren McConnell.

Partly as a result of the shutdown, traffic was backed up on northbound Broad, eastbound West Front and southbound Riverside Avenue all the way across the Cooper Bridge into Middletown. A Red Bank municipal employee stuck in the tie-up told redbankgreen he’d been inching along for half an hour.

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

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A WALK AROUND RED BANK

In the aftermath of the blizzard, redbankgreen took a stroll around Red Bank Monday morning.

Everywhere, it seemed, were stranded cars, shovel-toters, pre-plowed streets and balletic wisps of snow dancing on strong gusts of wind. Here’s the documentary evidence.

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