Blizzard in Hawaii? Warning issued for Big Island summits

Image: Courtesy University of Hawaii/UKIRT
Image: Courtesy University of Hawaii/UKIRT
Updated: Mar. 24, 2018 at 9:13 AM HST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A blizzard warning has been issued for the summit areas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island through 6 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu also issued a high wind warning for the summits,

The rare blizzard warning comes as a disturbance brings abundant moisture to the state and strong winds to higher elevations. Sustained winds of 80 miles per hour with gusts to 100 miles per hour will be possible.

Only two to six inches of snow is expected, but the strong winds will create zero visibility in whiteout conditions due to blowing snow and dense fog at the summits.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the Mauna Kea Weather Center reported sustained southwest winds of 77 miles per hour, while Web cams showed some snow accumulation.

The road to the summit area of Mauna Kea has been closed at the visitor center.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.