December 9, 2010 – HILO, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar
The weather service has issued a high surf advisory for north and east facing shores of Hawaii Island, and this morning Hilo bay was a busy place as surfers and stand up paddle boarders raced to catch the waves before things get back to normal. The Bayfront Highway was also closed this morning.
Meanwhile, the entire state is under a flash floor watch through late Friday.
As Hawaii Island waits for the forecasted rains, there is a chance we may get our first winter snow fall atop Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Up to two or three inches of snow is forecast for Friday night and Saturday.
For updated road conditions, call 935-6268.
Before loading up the four wheel drive and packing warm clothes and gloves, call the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 961-2180. Temperatures at the summit are in the 30-degree Fahrenheit range.
Mauna Kea (13,796′ / 4205m) and Mauna Loa (13,660′ / 4163m) are Hawaii’s tallest peaks, and get at least some snow every year, usually between October and March, although snow can fall any time from August to May.