Winter Storm Warning Issued in Hawaii: Up to Three Feet of Snow for Highest Summits

T he 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.

Winter Storm Warning Issued in Hawaii

What is unusual is that a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu forecasts heavy snow with wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour and visibility less than one quarter of a mile with temperatures as low as the mid 20s Fahrenheit for elevations in the mountains 11,000 feet and higher — and some areas could see accumulations as much as three feet of snow, which is expected to be drifting…

…and if you enjoy skiing in the snow — yes, you can partake in this activity in Hawaii; and conditions seem to promise to be quite favorable once the storm passes.


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 flash flood watch and high surf advisory are both in effect in Hilo and surrounding areas 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…

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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