Winter has arrived on the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Snow began accumulating overnight with up to a foot expected.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Hawaii’s Big Island as wind and snow engulf the high peaks.
The Warning Reads:
Winter Storm Warning for Big Island summits remains in effect through Saturday.
An upper level low combined with a surge of deep moisture…will result in bursts of heavy snow across the big island summits above 11000 feet through Saturday afternoon.
Big Island Summits- including the city of…Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea above 8,000 feet 4:20 am HST Fri Dec 2, 2016.
Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 6 pm HST Saturday.
- Locations…big island summits above 11000 feet.
- Hazard types…heavy snow…low visibility and wind.
- Accumulations…new accumulations of 20 to 30 inches today through Saturday.
- Timing…through Saturday afternoon.
- Impacts…dangerous driving and hiking conditions due to heavy snow…blowing and drifting snow and freezing fog.
- Winds…south 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.
- Temperatures…mid 20s to lower 30s.
- Visibilities…below one quarter 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.
Headline image: Mauna Loa, Hawaii Observatory