Wintry weather grips Big Island summits

Wintry weather grips Big Island summits

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - As the Hawaiian island chain grapples with the threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms, the summits on the Big Island are also dealing with a bout of wild weather.

Heavy snow and frigid temperatures have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Forecasters say 5 to 8 inches of snow are expected.

The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A wind advisory has also been issued with southwest winds between 35 to 55 mph, with gusts to 65 mph.

Park officials have also closed the road to the summit of Mauna Kea due to the snow and icy roads, high humidity, thick fog and strong winds.

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