UPDATE: The Winter Storm Warning for Hawaii Island is no longer in effect.
HAWAII ISLAND – A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Big Island summits into Monday morning, as wintry weather is predicted to continue tonight.
Significant additional snowfall is expected on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, reports the National Weather Service in Honolulu. “Latest reports from the summit indicate that significant snowfall has occurred with more snow expected overnight,” forecasters say. “Strong winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting of snow.”
Thick ice covered the webcams located on the summit of Mauna Kea through Sunday.
Accumulations of an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected. Winds are south to southwest winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
The road to the summit of Mauna Kea remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9,200 feet due to thick fog, sleet, ice and snow on the summit roads, rangers say.
The summit of Mauna Loa remains closed beyond Red Hill Cabin due to high wind conditions, the National Park Service reports.