Another half foot of snow expected to fall at Haleakala, Big Island summits

Another half foot of snow expected to fall at Haleakala, Big Island summits
The weekend's winter storm not only generated massive surf and strong winds to the state, but it also brought unprecedented snow to Haleakala. (Photo: Rodney McCollam)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Teeth-chattering conditions are continuing on Haleakala and the Big Island’s summits, where 6 additional inches of snow are expected to accumulate over the next 24 hours.

The summits of the Big Island and Haleakala are under a winter storm warning. (Image: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope)
The summits of the Big Island and Haleakala are under a winter storm warning. (Image: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope)
(Image: Maui Now/Richard Harris)
(Image: Maui Now/Richard Harris)

Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, along with the Haleakala summit on Maui, are under a winter storm warning through Friday night.

Forecasters said the snow is thanks to “very cold air aloft over the islands,” which is also contributing to downright chilly temperatures at lower elevations.

But at the summits, the mercury is well below zero ― and anyone who’s able to venture into the area can expect “periods of snow, with icy roadways and very cold conditions.”

On Thursday afternoon, the temperature atop Mauna Kea was 19 degrees.

While that’s really (really) cold, it’s actually gotten colder. The record low for Mauna Kea is 12 degrees, which was set in 1979.

The access roads to the summits remain closed.

And webcams show near white out conditions at the summit of Mauna Kea.

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