A coming snowstorm that’s closed schools and government offices is expected to be brief but intense Thursday. As of 6 a.m., with heavy snow reported in northern New Jersey, the rain had just changed to sleet in Red Bank. But the white stuff is expected to begin falling on the Greater Red Bank Green at around 8 a.m. and diminish by early afternoon, with a “most likely snowfall” forecast of 5 to 9 inches, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Snow’s coming. Yes, the peak daytime temperature Wednesday is expected to hit 56 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. But that could be followed by “heavy” snow falling at the rate of up to two inches per hour between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.
“The snow should be wet in consistency and therefore will tend to stick to trees and power lines, possibly resulting in some power outages,” the weather service said in a Wednesday morning briefing. “North-to-northwest winds will increase late tonight and Thursday, with gusts in the 30-35 mph range.” (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
The new week begins with even less hospitable conditions for paddling, or much anything else: a northeaster. The National Weather Service forecast for Monday and Tuesday expects a northeaster to bring heavy rain and wind gusts as strong as 65 miles per hour, with coastal flooding. Here’s the full statement on the outlook and hazards from the NWS. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Crews from JCP&L and Little Silver cleared a fallen tree and electrical line on Branch Avenue, where a service line was torn away from the house at left during a wind storm Sunday morning. The utility company’s outage map showed up to 100 customers in both Little Silver and the River Plaza section of Middletown without power, with lesser numbers in Shrewsbury and Fair Haven.
The National Weather Service had a high-wind warning in effect until noon, with possible gusts of of 50 to 60 miles per hour. And . (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
And now, shining a blobby light on the near-term weather outlook… the National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of about 40 degrees and a 40-percent chance of rain on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, with a 100-percent chance of showers Tuesday night. Expect moderate-to-heavy rain late Wednesday possibly accompanied by thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, the NWS says in a hazardous weather outlook. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.
Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Next summer, when Fair Haven residents return to the placid town dock on the Navesink River for some fishing or light entertainment, they’ll find a new informational display reminding them that the beautiful waterway just underneath them can become an instrument of destruction.
Caroline Peters, a 17-year-old senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, created the display in pursuit of her Girl Scouts Gold Award – the equivalent of the Boy Scouts’ Eagle designation, she tells redbankgreen. And the project came about because she sensed that many people had grown complacent about hurricane warnings by the time Hurricane Sandy unleashed its wrath on the Jersey Shore and beyond two years ago.
“I lived through it, I have friends who lost their homes in it,” Peters said following a dedication ceremony last month. “So it’s all about storm surges, and how you can prepare for them.”
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)
“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.
Gusty winds played havoc all over the Green Tuesday, taking down tree limbs that strained utility wires and gave car owners headaches. Above, the aftermath of a limb collapse that damaged cars parked at 25 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank. Right, a tree trunk gets hoisted by a crane after smashing vehicles at 103 East Front Street. (Click to enlarge)
Red Bank resident Robert Bruce shot this video of a power line arcing over a parking lot at the Red Bank Train Station early Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday’s wind-driven storm left downtown Sea Bright closed to traffic and without electricity, police Chief John Sorrentino tells redbankgreen.
Residents of the west end of New Street were displaced from their homes when a trio of utility poles came down in the storm, and a woman estimated to be in her early 20s went to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after suffering an electrical shock, Sorrentino said.
Power may not be restored until Friday, he said.
That could mean downed tree limbs and power lines, resulting in hazards and power outages.
Lots of wind, some rain and possibly some boomers will roll through our area today, the National Weather Service forecasts.
Gusts could get up to 48 miles an hour, the agency says.