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Heavy Snow Falls in Hawaii Mountains

5 Dec 2016, 4:40 pm

Heavy snow fell this weekend on the mountain peaks of Mauna Lea and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The highest elevations saw 2 to 3 feet of snowfall accumulation in only a couple of days. Temperatures have warmed to start the work week, and now the threat for flooding is a concern as rain moves into islands.

Snow video timelapse courtest of Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope

The first snowflakes started to fall on Thursday and continued through this weekend. Officials closed the Mauna Loa Summit due to the heavy snow. Winter Storm Warnings were issued for elevations above 8000 feet, but cancelled this morning as the warmer air moved in, changing snow showers to rain.

Snow on Mauna Loa! First snow of this winter season, December 1, 2016. The summit of Mauna Loa is closed to all day…

Posted by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Thursday, December 1, 2016

With heavy rain and snow melt a concern, Flood Watches have been issued into tonight. Some areas of the parks remained closed.


Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) and the Kahuku Unit are closed due to impacts from heavy rainfall and flash flooding. The…

Posted by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Friday, December 2, 2016

Foggy and rainy conditions have been found in the mountains today. In areas where lava flows have been occurring, steam has been seen, producing fiery photos.


Lots of rain = lots of steam, and some jaw-dropping photo opportunities once the drops stop falling. NPS Volunteer…

Posted by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Water vapor satellite imagery shows lots of moisture streaming in across the Pacific, leading to flooding issues. The coldest air is centered well to the north and continues to push away, taking the snow threat away from the mountains.



For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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