HAWAII ISLAND – A Winter Storm Warning, as well as a High Wind Warning, is in effect for Big Island summits, while the entire State of Hawaii remains under a Flash Flood Watch.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu says flash flooding potential will remain high due to a combination of an upper disturbance over the region and plenty of lingering moisture and instability. The flood watch will remain in through this afternoon.
On Hawaii summits above 12,000 feet elevation, forecasters say heavy snow and icing is possible through 6 p.m. this evening. Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches possible. At the same time, dangerously strong wind gusts will make driving hazardous. Winds are southwest 30 to 60 mph with gusts to 70 mph.
The road to the summit of Mauna Kea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9,200 feet, rangers say. The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed due to the severe weather conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is also in effect for north facing shores of Hawaii Island. 10 to 15 ft. high surf is possible.