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Snow, hail and thunder: Hawaii Island sees wild weather

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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Island saw it all on Thursday: Snow, hail and thundershowers.

The wild weather started in the afternoon thanks to unstable weather conditions.

For several hours, the Big Island was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, and at about 5 p.m., pea-sized hail fell in Keaau.

Then, a surprise: Hail -- lots of it -- on Saddle Road.

There was so much hail it looked like mounds of snow on the side of the road, prompting drivers to pull over near the 17-mile marker to delight in it -- and snap lots of photos and video for social media.

Saddle Road travels the width of Hawaii Island, and the highest elevation on the two-lane road is about 6,600 feet.

That's a far lower elevation than Mauna Kea, which sees snow regularly in the winter (and saw more of the white stuff Thursday). 

"No need go up the mountain! Crazy!" said Ashilen Joline Borreta, in a Facebook Live video.

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