(BIVN) – There is no chance Hawaiʻi will see any snow along its scenic shores, but forecasters say it could be a White Christmas high on the Big Island’s mountain summits.
“Shower bands will continue drifting into the windward and mountain areas of each island today as an upper level low near the Big Island continues to destabilize the atmosphere,” a National Weather Service discussion stated on Tuesday morning. “Expect numerous showers to continue across the region today with higher rainfall amounts favoring windward and mountain areas. Cloud heights will rise to around 20000 feet over the Big Island this morning, high enough to possibly produce a few snow showers over the highest peaks of Maunakea and Maunaloa this morning. Elevated instability may allow isolated thunderstorms to develop near the Big Island over the next 12 to 18 hours.”
Maunakea Rangers say the road to the summit of Maunakea is already closed at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9200 ft. due to a high humidity, fog, low temperatures, and icy road conditions.
Some of the Maunakea webcams are covered with ice but there does not appear to be any snow accumulation on the ground. There are presently no weather warnings or advisories posted for Hawaiʻi Island.