Snow covers Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa during Winter Storm Warning




Mauna Kea snow as seen from below in Waimea. This image was captured by Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video during a momentary break in the clouds.

Mauna Kea snow as seen from below in Waimea. This image was captured by Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video during a momentary break in the clouds.

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – Webcams are showing deep snow on the summit of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawaii Island’s famed 13,000 foot volcano mountains. Most of the live-view cameras have been whited-out by the conditions or covered with ice, but the ones that do have a view are showing piles of snow around the summit observatories.

One of the few clear views of the snow brought to you by the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Taken at 8:45 a.m. HST

One of the few clear views of the snow brought to you by the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Taken at 8:45 a.m. HST

Usually this Canada France Hawaii Telescope view shows the Gemini Observatory located behind the truck in the foreground. Not today.  Taken at 8:45 a.m. HST

Usually this Canada France Hawaii Telescope view shows the Gemini Observatory located behind the truck in the foreground. Not today. Taken at 8:45 a.m. HST

The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed at the Visitor Information Station due to drifting snow on the roadways. Rangers say the snow removal crew and equipment has been deployed.

Mauna Loa was also covered in snow, and conditions on that volcano allowed for some clearer pictures. UPDATE (10:50 a.m. HST): The National Park Service reports on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website that “due to weather conditions, Mauna Loa within the park boundary is closed to both day and overnight use effective immediately. Mauna Loa Road remains open for now but may close later.”

View looking north on Mauna Loa. The snow covered summit of Mauna Kea can be seen peeking through clouds in the distance.

View looking north at the access gate to the observatory on Mauna Loa. The snow covered summit of Mauna Kea can be seen peeking through clouds in the distance.

Snow covers the lava on Mauna Loa near the access gate to the observatory.

Snow covers the lava on Mauna Loa near the access gate to the observatory.

Snow covers the ESRL solar tracker on Mauna Loa, as well as the University of Denver building to the lower right.

Snow covers the ESRL solar tracker on Mauna Loa, as well as the University of Denver building to the lower right.

The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until noon HST. Up to six inches of snow has been forecast.

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