Earth Changes? Hawaii Expects A Foot Of Snow

Image: Courtesy Bobby Jean Leithead Todd

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) –

The snowfall has eased up slightly on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island, but another foot of snow is still possible Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning has been reissued, and will be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday night for elevations above 8,000 feet. The watch replaces the Winter Storm Warning, which was cancelled Saturday morning.

Deep tropical moisture which brought heavy snow to the summits and torrential downpours at lower elevations on the island is moving to the north. However, a light dusting of snow is possible Saturday before another storm system moves in from the west Sunday and Sunday night, bringing another round of heavy snow, especially above 12,000 feet. Another six to 12 inches of snowfall accumulation is possible.

Mauna Loa looking toward Mauna Kea (Image Courtesy Mauna Loa Observatory)

Conditions on the summits remain hazardous. Besides being cold, east to southeast winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour are expected with higher gusts. The strong winds also will cause drifting snow, and freezing fog will reduce visibility to as low as a quarter of a mile.

Image: Courtesy UKIRT showing show at the Mauna Kea summit Friday afternoon

It may be a while before you can see the white stuff up close. The road to the summit of Mauna Kea remains closed at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200-foot level due to ice and snow on the roadways. The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed due to high winds and heavy snow. This means hiking and overnight camping is prohibited. The National Park Service said a thick blanket of snow was visible as low as 10,000 feet.

Unsettled weather is expected through the weekend.

Original Article:http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33836634/winter-storm-watch-issued-for-possible-island-snow

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