Hawaii blizzard is under a storm warning, with 12 inches of snow and 100 mph winds forecast.
On the Big Island of Hawaii blizzard, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning that will last until Sunday morning.
Up to 12 inches or more of snow is anticipated on the island between 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the alert. Forecasters expect gusts reaching above 100 mph, so people should remain indoors, according to the NWS.
“Traveling may be very difficult, if not impossible. Blowing snow will impair visibility greatly at times, with spells of zero visibility “The weather warning issued by the National Weather Service reads as follows:
A Kona low is forecast to form near the islands beginning Saturday night, in addition to the blizzard warning. According to N., Kona storms are a kind of seasonal cyclone that forms in the Hawaiian Islands during the winter from winds blowing from the westerly “Kona” direction. Wet and “unsettled” weather is a common result of Kona lows.
The National Weather Service is predicting up to a foot of snow and wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour this weekend. Attempting to reach the peaks in these circumstances is very perilous! The high tops, thankfully, are sparsely inhabited, with scientific observation posts serving as the main lure. Volcanoes National Park had to shut the top of Mauna Loa due to the storm.
Due to high winds and winter weather conditions, the summit of Mauna Loa is temporarily closed to overnight use. Based on the weather forecast, the park will consider reopening the summit on Wednesday.
As part of the storm, heavy rain is forecast to fall on numerous Hawaiian islands during the weekend. Flood watches are in force throughout the state, with some locations receiving 5 to 10 inches of rain.
Snow coated a tiny portion of Hawaii’s Big Island, the state’s biggest major island, in January. According to the Weather Channel, snow falls when cold fronts and heavy showers combine because the peaks of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes each climb beyond 13,000 feet in height.
According to the Weather Channel, the official lowest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii was 12 degrees, which was measured at the Mauna Kea Observatory on May 17, 1979.