Chance for snow in Hawaii this week?

Chance for snow in Hawaii this week?

This report has probably caused many people to do a double take, questioning whether it really does snow in Hawaii.

Cold, rainy weather in Hawaii has led some to predict heavy snowfall on some of the island's mountain summits in the next day or so.

The NWS office in Honolulu noted Monday evening that a ranger reported slushy snow and ice on summit roadways. It snows here every year, but only at the summits of the highest volcanoes on the Big Island - Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea - which are at an elevation above 13,000 feet, as well as Haleakala on the island of Maui, which is at an elevation of just over 10,000 feet.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the summits, as continued severe weather conditions are expected. Conditions on the summits are unsafe.

In a statement Tuesday morning, the Mauna Kea Weather Center said the atmosphere near the Big Island will be "completely saturated" and "unstable" through at least Friday night and possibly even Saturday. "Previous year in comparison we had as much as 40 inches of snow in the northern mountains and several inches in the valleys of western and northern Utah", the NWS said. While snow may seem uncommon to Hawaii, the summits typically see flakes fly each Winter. Mauna Kea reaches an elevation of almost 14,000 feet and is a popular destination for tourists who may want to catch the sunrise of a breathtaking view of the Hawaiian Island.

Snow has already fallen on the summits, leading to road closures.

Snowfall in Hawaii is not only common, it's actually an expected yearly occurrence. It also notes that skiing and snowboarding in Hawaii is seemingly for those with an adventurous spirit, as there are "no lifts, no grooming, [and] no resorts" and skiers and snowboarders instead must drive up to the top of the summit before traveling down it. This is due to high elevation on the volcanic mountains. Mount Everest, in Asia, is the highest mountain in the world when measured from sea level.

Those in search of a winter wonderland may want to visit Hawaii.

A light blanket of white powder was captured on the Mauna Kea Observatory 30 webcams late Monday into Tuesday. In fact, the cameras are already revealing evidence of snowfall.



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