Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (Image: University of Hawaii)
MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -
More than 8 inches of snow fell atop Hawaii's tallest peak during an overnight blizzard on Tuesday, outpacing the amount that has dropped on some of America's most winter-ready cities during the first two months of 2017.
Since the measurements are taken at 6 a.m., the Chicago Tribune says, it's possible that small amounts of snow may have fallen during the day and melted before being recorded. But warm temperatures in the Windy City during 2017 continue to melt Chicago's record books.
Meanwhile, a Blizzard Warning was in effect Tuesday for Hawaii Island's Mauna Kea, and so much snow fell that the road to the mountain's summit had to be closed to the public.
In Denver, reports local Fox affiliate KDVR, 7.9 inches of snow have fallen so far in 2017, a tenth of an inch less than has fallen on Mauna Kea. On average, says the National Weather Service, just more than 14 inches of snow fall there during January and February.
The total was even less in the city of Philadelphia, which has seen just 7.7 inches of snow so far in 2017.
The blizzard warning for the Big Island's Mauna Kea expired Wednesday morning, but not before dumping so much snow that the road to the mountain's summit had to be closed to the public.