Brrr! Cold conditions bring snow, freezing rain to Mauna Kea

Brrr! Cold conditions bring snow, freezing rain to Mauna Kea

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The slopes of Mauna Kea saw a light dusting of snow this weekend.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service estimate that anywhere from 2 to 4 ft. of snow accumulated Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Mauna Kea web cams showed heavy cloud cover rolling in over the mountain top from time to time Monday.

Forecasters also say freezing rain fell throughout the day Monday. Unlike snow, freezing rain falls as liquid rain and instantly freezes on contact once hitting the ground or another surface. This contributes to a build up of ice on roads increasing driving hazards. The access road to the summit is reported to be closed and temperatures are just below freezing.

Monday afternoon, radar showed a line of heavy showers approaching Hawaii Island. At upper elevations, that rain can fall as freezing rain and occasional snow.

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This story will be updated. 

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