Roads on the Greater Red Bank Green were clear before dawn Monday as a storm left just a fraction of the four-to-seven inches of anticipated snow overnight. Melt-off was well underway with temperatures in the mid-30s.
Still, an icy mix of snow and rain, plus strong winds, was expected to arrive in the morning, before turning to all rain in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Neither snow nor sleet nor rain was falling on Red Bank as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. But school closings, event postponements and a state of emergency declared by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy had the region braced for a storm named ‘Toby’ that could dump some 15 inches of heavy, soggy snow on the area throughout the day.
Another blizzard that wasn’t dumped up to two feet of snow in northern New Jersey but skirted the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, bringing lots of rain atop an early coating of about three inches of snow. NJ.com talked to forecasters about the bad call.
Meanwhile, a state of emergency declaration by Governor Chris Christie kept would-be motorists off the roads, making traffic control easy easy for Red Bank and Shrewsbury police when traffic lights at the intersection of Broad Street and Newman Springs Road malfunctioned in early evening, above.
Anticipating icy roads, area schools scheduled late starts Wednesday. The National Weather Service forecast showed daytime temperatures peaking at about 29 degrees, with a wind advisory warning of possible gusts of 45 miles per hour until 8 p.m. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Over the course of an hour’s slog on foot, redbankgreen encountered sleet that changed to moderately heavy rain.
Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Monday evening, meaning that government offices would be closed Tuesday and motorist are urged to stay off the roads for the duration of the storm and immediately afterward.
A Declaration of Emergency is in place in Red Bank. You will be receiving recorded telephone notifications on our reverse 911 system on your phone and email if you are signed up with our web notification alert.
Residents should prepare by stocking up on essentials at home and avoid any non essential or unnecessary travel. Outside furniture should be secured. All shrubbery and limbs left at curbside shall be removed from curbside and placed on private laws and property prior to 6 PM Friday. Such items in a storm are carried in the storm water basins and clog the system that in turn makes flooding worse.
A blizzard that prompted a declaration of a state of emergency left a good two feet of snow in the Red Bank area Sunday and prompted a near-complete shutdown of schools, businesses and government operations on Monday.