Source: United Kigdom Infra-Red Telescope of the University of Arizona hosted by East Asian Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Blizzard Warning Issued in Hawaii: Up to 12 Inches of Snow for Highest Summits

Do not forget about winds of up to 100 miles per hour, too.

The first thoughts which may come to mind pertaining to Hawaii might be sipping a refreshing Mai Tai at poolside while reclined in that lounge chair under a palm tree in the hot sun; but snow in the higher peaks of what is known as the Big Island is not unusual.

Blizzard Warning Issued in Hawaii: Up to 12 Inches of Snow for Highest Summits

What is unusual is not only that a blizzard warning was issued by the National Weather Service Eastern Region forecasted accumulations of twelve inches of heavy snow with wind gusts of greater than 100 miles per hour and visibility less than one quarter of a mile…

…but also that the blizzard warning occurred earlier this year than in most areas of the continental United States, which is a rare phenomenon. The blizzard warning ended earlier this morning; but the high wind warning is expected to expire tomorrow, Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6:00 in the morning Hawaii Standard Time.

If you enjoy skiing in the snow, you can partake in this activity in Hawaii; and conditions may be quite favorable once the storm passes.

Although the blizzard and its timing are considered to be unusual, snow in Hawaii is not unusual, as demonstrated by this article here at The Gate from Sunday, December 4, 2016 — exactly five years and one day ago.

Final Boarding Call

This is not a travel alert by any means, as the coldest temperature I could find forecast for Hilo over the next month is 63 degrees Fahrenheit during the middle of the night, with temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s during the day; so do not alter your travel plans if you intend to enjoy some fun and sun in Hawaii…

…but do be aware that the surge of deep moisture resulting from an upper level trough expected for today and tomorrow will not be confined to the high elevations in the mountains, as a flood watch, a high wind warning and wind advisories and high surf warnings and advisories are both in effect in the Hawaiian islands due to possible frequent showers and brief periods of heavy rainfall. This could possibly mean some delays with flights operated by local airlines due to the inclement weather.

I remember how cold was the air when I visited Haleakala National Park in Maui years ago. I could see my breath as the temperature was in the low 40s Fahrenheit in October while overlooking the crater…

Ice blocks the view of the camera in Hawaii. Source: United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope and the University of Arizona hosted by East Asian Observatory at the Mauna Kea Weather Center in Hawaii.

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