Ice, snow, and high winds close Mauna Kea Access Road
MAUNEA KEA – The wintry weather continues on the summits of Hawaii Island.
Mauna Kea rangers report blizzard conditions have shut down the road to the summit of the mountain. Poor weather is forecast for the next several days. Webcams have been blinded by the white out.
The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park says the area is off limits for backcountry use due to the continued winter storm conditions.
A high wind warning is in effect for both summits until 6 p.m., reports the National Weather Service. Southwest winds are blowing 45 to 70 mph with localized gusts over 105 mph.
A winter weather advisory is also in effect, with an additional 1 inch of snowfall expected at elevations above 12,500 feet.
There has been constant snow on the summits over the last week. On Saturday, the harsh weather took a break long enough for island residents to drive up to the summit.