Red Bank officials have advised that all scheduled programs and activities in the borough have been cancelled in light of the impending blizzard.
The borough issued the following release on its website:
A winter storm warning has been issued for our area. The storm has the potential for several inches of snow, strong winds and dangerously cold air. Coastal flooding is also expected. A full description of the expected conditions are outlined below and updates can be obtained from the National Weather Service at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/
The Borough is asking all residents to remove all vehicles from borough streets from midnight to 6am to facilitate snow plowing.
Power outages are possible and should be reported to JCP&L by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS. All outages should be reported as the more outages that are reported in an area help prioritize the response.
The Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to never leave candles unattended and to use caution if using a generator. Please review the attached document for generator safety tips: Generator Safety Tips.
The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department is asking all residents to assist with clearing fire hydrants as you are shoveling your property. This will help them gain access quickly should they need to respond to a call in your area.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ has issued the following information:
Winter Storm Warning
A winter storm will blanket the area with snow tonight followed by blowing and drifting snow and dangerously cold wind chill Friday.
Low pressure just off the Mid Atlantic Coast will strengthen rapidly
Thursday night and track Northeastward away from our area Friday
morning. As this occurs, snow will develop across the entire area
tonight then taper off late Friday morning or midday Friday.
A dangerously cold air mass will overspread the area Thursday night and Friday as the storm intensifies. The winter storm warning will remain in effect from 6pm this evening through 1pm Friday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected Thursday night.
Snow will begin during the Thursday evening commute starting as rain
or a rain/snow mix before changing to all snow later in the evening.
The bulk of the snow is expected Thursday night into Friday morning.
Travel will become hazardous as snow accumulates and temperatures fall
through the 20s.
This will become an increasingly fluffy snow during
the night and as winds increase.
Blowing and drifting will add to the winter travel hazards. Snowfall rates near an inch per hour are expected at times through the night. It is possible that the combination of snow and wind creates near blizzard conditions at times, especially for coastal New Jersey.
* Winds of 15 to 25 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH are expected.
* Temperatures are expected to fall into the teens by Friday morning with wind chill near 5 degrees below zero.
* Visibility will be less than one half of a mile at times.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.