If you’ve been looking to the lower 48 for signs of winter, you’re looking at the wrong spot.
The snowiest place in the country, at least right now, looks to be Hawaii’s twin volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea and Loa, where snow dumped down on Monday and lingered into Tuesday. Winter Storm Warnings are in place for the summits of the highest points in the 50th state until 6pm Hawaiian time on Tuesday.
Of course, due to their elevation, Mauna Kea and Loa, can receive snow through much of the winter. With elevations of nearly 14,000′ each, they’re almost as high as the highest point in the continental U.S. (Mount Whitney in California at 14,505′).
According to the Washington Post, the summit of Mauna Kea was closed on Tuesday and the staff was evacuated due to the snowfall. Lower down, Hilo, Hawaii has picked up several inches of needed rain, which will help the largest city on the ‘big island’ make up ground on a year-long drought. One of the rainiest cities in the world due to its windward location against the big island’s higher peaks, Hilo has seen ‘only’ 89.5″ of rain, more than two feet below their year-to-date average of 113″+.
The rest of the week should feature a more tranquil pattern in Hawaii as a trough of low pressure, which has been responsible for the snow in the first place, moves away.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi