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.
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.”
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.