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There’s A Blizzard Warning . . . In Hawaii

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Hawaii’s Big Island Summits are under a rare blizzard warning and a large amount of snow is anticipated in the area with a generally tropically climate.

The National Weather Service issued an “urgent” warning Friday ahead of a huge storm hitting the state.

“Blizzard warning for the Big Island summits,” the weather advisory reads. “Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility.”

Screenshot courtesy of the National Weather Service.

The warning is in place from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday local time and a high-wind warning has also been put into effect.

“Blizzard conditions expected,” the alert reads. “Total snow accumulations of up to 12 inches or more. Winds gusting over 100 mph.”

There's A Blizzard Warning . . . In Hawaii
The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning on the Big Island of Hawaii. Image courtesy of the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope.

The NWS anticipates winds to gust over 100 mph, and total snow accumulations may be up to a full foot “or more” — the strong winds “will likely cause significant drifting of snow” and has also placed a “High Wind Warning” in effect, per the alert.


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Written by Megan Turner

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  1. It happens often. It’s not news to anyone who pays attention to weather. Remember, these summits are 13,000+ feet. Does anyone show surprise when there’s snow on top of Pikes Peak?

    There are places on the Big Island that are among the wettest places on Earth, there’s plenty of moisture.

    My wife and I visited Hawaii in June. At the top of those peaks it was below freezing on a clear day.

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