Unsettled conditions to bring gusts, showers, even snow

A strong low pressure area just to the north of the state has brought a wide variety of weather impacts to the islands, including strong widespread passing heavy showers and winter weather to the summits on Maui and the Big Island.

Wind advisories remain posted statewide through 6 p.m. Monday for possible west to northwest winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts near 50 miles per hour. Bands of moisture circulating around the low will bring passing showers, some of them heavy at times. There will also be a slight chance of thunderstorms over portions of the state.

The low is forecast to gradually weaken and drift southwest late Tuesday through Thursday. The winds will be lighter, but the weather will remain a bit unsettled with passing showers, especially for windward areas. Easterly trade winds will also return later in the week, which will bring an end to the chilly temperatures of the past several days.

The winds are also strong enough for high wind warnings to be posted for the summit areas of Haleakala, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The summits are also under a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. Monday.

It’s also busy out in the ocean. The low pressure system will also cause surf to rise rapidly, and a high surf warning will be in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, the north shores of Maui and the west shores of the Big Island. A gale warning is also posted for waters around Kauai County and Oahu, with a small craft advisory for remaining Hawaiian coastal waters.

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