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Road to Mauna Kea summit closed as snow continues to fall

Taken from Mauna Kea webcam at 10 a.m. Thursday Taken from Mauna Kea webcam at 10 a.m. Thursday
Image taken at 12:20 p.m. HST Image taken at 12:20 p.m. HST
MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Wet weather over the eastern half of the state has left more than a foot of snow at the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

A winter storm warning was in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, but expired Thursday morning. 

The road to the summit of Mauna Kea remains closed due to ice and snow on the roadway.

With the wind chill, temperatures have dropped to a bone chilling 8 degrees, and the National Weather Service is reporting 1.5 to 2-foot snow drifts near the peak.

At this time, it is not know when the road to Mauna Kea's summit will re-open. 

In fact the National Weather Service is forecasting winds to strengthen at the summits over the weekend through most of next week, "so be ready for that if you do travel up to the summit of Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa."

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