Snow falls on Mauna Kea summit in July

Published: Jul. 17, 2015 at 11:57 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM HST
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Image: Mauna Kea Weather Center
Image: Mauna Kea Weather Center

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - While most of Hawaii experiences sweltering conditions this July, part of the Big Island might seem like winter after Mauna Kea got some snow overnight.

Officials have closed the road to the summit of Mauna Kea Friday after snow fell and caused icy road conditions. The roadway was reopened by Friday afternoon.

A ranger reported mixed rain and snow, fog and 1.5 inches of frozen snow on the summit.

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Mauna Kea weather varies widely. A calm sunny day may quickly become treacherous with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions. Summit winds above 120 mph are not uncommon. At 10:15 a.m. Friday the temperature was still a chilly 36 degrees with the wind-chill dipping to 27 degrees!

For more information on road closures, click here.

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