FEW SIGNS OF LIFE ON BROAD

shovelingA man tackled the heavy snow at the corner of Harding Road…

Red Bank’s main business thoroughfare was all but shut down by midafternoon Thursday by the third major storm to hit the region this month.

But as always, there were signs of life. Click ahead for some more pix of what redbankgreen saw on a walk down Broad Street.

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MORE SNOW FORECAST

rb-station-021010Snow blankets the Red Bank station during the February 10 blizzard, the second in four days. (Click to enlarge)

Guess we’re in for another round of supermarket frenzy.

The National Weather Service says the Red Bank area may get four or more inches of snow from a storm that’s expected to begin late tonight and last into Friday.

And now, we go to the nation’s weatherbot, which obviously has its caps lock key on:

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING.

YET ANOTHER COASTAL STORM IS FORECAST TO AFFECT OUR AREA LATER
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY. AT THIS TIME SNOW AMOUNTS MAY
AVERAGE AT LEAST 4 INCHES OVER THE NORTHEAST MARYLAND
SHORE…DELAWARE…SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY…AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST
PENNSYLVANIA…AND 6 INCHES OVER EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND CENTRAL
NEW JERSEY. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE WITH THIS POTENTIAL
STORM…SO DRIFTING AND BLOWING SNOW ARE POSSIBLE AS WELL.

Here’s the extended forecast:

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SNOW-JAMMED? TELL THESE FOLKS

hot-topic rightMore than a week after the second of two blizzards walloped the Red Bank area, pedestrian access to many crosswalks remains blocked by deep piles of snow left by plows.

The folks from Safe Routes to School want to help.

A handful of them took to intersections around Red Bank last night to clear paths through bulwarks of snow, ice and slush that seem to be going nowhere for a while, even with yesterday’s temperature in the high 30s.

“The warmth has made it easier to crack through to the bottom ice, but it’s still a slushy mess,” says organizer Marc Dostie.

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A BIT MORE SNOW EXPECTED TODAY

oceanic-bridge-snow1The Oceanic Bridge, as seen from the Locust side during Tuesday’s snowfall. Flurries are in today’s forecast. (Click to enlarge)

It’s getting to be like the houseguest who won’t leave. Then again, you might simply call it ‘winter.’

Here’s the weatherforecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Scattered flurries after noon. Partly cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind between 10 and 13 mph.

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SNOW DAY: CAN YOU DIG IT?

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Following the utter pounding the area  took on Wednesday, schools on Thursday were closed and some municipal offices had delayed openings. But the brave were out bright and early — like cops, garbage trucks and, of course, dedicated journalists — making sure the day’s work was tended to.

redbankgreen trudged through the slippery, sometimes slushy, streets to capture all the action from the hangover of Snowpacalypse, Snowmageddon or whatever cutesy sobriquet this wintry madness has been dubbed.

We found kids on snow tubes, adults on bikes, enough snowmen to form a football team and mountains of snow piled high by your friendly, undoubtedly exhausted, public works department. So as you dig out, dig in.

TICKET BLIZZARD POSSIBLE, TOO

rb-plow1A borough plow works Monmouth Street at the height of Saturday’s blizzard. (Click to enlarge)

With a second major winter storm in three days expected to wallop the region starting tonight, Red Bank officials have amped up their enforcement of street-parking rules and snow-removal laws, they say.

More than at any time in the past two decades, the public works and police departments are coordinating their efforts to clear borough streets and parking lots of snow, officials say. And that could mean more tickets, they warn.

“We really don’t bother people about parking on the streets” when it snows, says Councilwoman Sharon Lee. “But it’s gotten to the point where it has not paid for us to be pliable.”

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ANOTHER STORM HEADED THIS WAY?

Ledger Live reporter Brian Donohue shot this pre-storm vodcast about weather-induced panic shopping last Friday at Red Bank and Middletown supermarkets. Will we see a repeat run on bread and milk this week?

Just days after Saturday’s blizzard, the Red Bank area could be facing another wintry mess beginning Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service is warning of an “explosively developing” northeaster (or as they call it, a ‘nor-easter,’ as though we all lived in a Pepperidge Farm commercial) that could bring “heavy snow” to the area through Wednesday.

Locally, it sounds as though we could be in for less pretty white fluffy stuff and more yucky mess.
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GEARING UP FOR THE BIG DUMP

rb-plowRed Bank is prepping 11 snow plows, plus loaders and back hoes, to handle this impending snow invasion this weekend. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It may not rival the pre-Christmas pounding, but if the weather forecast is correct — insert wisecrack here — Red Bank and the surrounding area will be spending some time digging out from a substantial snowfall again tonight and tomorrow.

In Red Bank yesterday, borough workers readied 11 snowplows, with additional loaders and backhoes geared up to 24 hours on the streets to clear an expected foot or so of snow, said public utilities Director Gary Watson.

The National Weather Service says seven to 13 inches will fall tonight and tomorrow.

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AUTUMN LEAVES, AND WINTER BARGES IN

Scenes from a quick spin through Red Bank at midmorning Sunday, the last day of Autumn 2009, following the storm that dumped about 15 inches of snow.

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SNOW PUTS A LID ON DOWNTOWN ACTIVITY

img_6133121909Santa Claus had few shoppers passing his perch in the window of Primas Home on Broad Street at lunchtime. (Click photos to enlarge)

After a couple of hours with no snowfall, the flakes have resumed falling on Red Bank in what is widely forecast to be a storm with blizzard-like conditions. Meaning wind and lots of white stuff.

Here’s the outlook from the National Weather Service as of 3:40p:

Late Afternoon: Snow. High near 31. Blustery, with a north wind around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 25. Windy, with a north wind between 25 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.

shoppers121909Foot traffic was modest on Monmouth Street during a midday lull in the storm, but singer Bob Jacques of Shrewsbury was committed to playing on from his spot outside Ten Thousand Villages.

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‘SNOW PARKING, PLEASE, IF IT SNOWS

WindblownWind whips snow off rooftops downtown on Broad Street during a storm on March 2, 2009.

The Red Bank Police Department is asking residents to move their cars to off-street parking overnight and tomorrow in anticipation of a snowstorm that could dump 14 or more inches of snow locally.

The request has been made in the form of a recommendation, because many borough streets are not included in a snow removal ordinance (text below) that prohibits parking of specific streets when the ground is snow-covered, said Acting Chief Steve McCarthy.

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