(ABOVE)Image from UKIRT webcam aimed Southwest, after 8 a.m. HST
- There is a light dusting of snow on the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa this Christmas morning on Hawaii Island. The National Weather Service hs lifted the Blizzard Warning that has been in place over the last day or so. A High Wind Advisory remains in effect. 60 mile per hour winds.
- The road to the summit of Mauna Kea remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot level due to strong winds making driving at the summit unsafe, rangers say.
Numerous webcams stationed at the summit of Mauna Kea are showing a small amount of snow this morning. The white stuff is not expected to last long under the strong sun.
The summit of Mauna Loa’s also saw some snow. This USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory image shows a panorama of Mokuʻāweoweo Caldera from the Northwest Rim, taken at 11:40 a.m. HST
Winds at the Big Island summits have eased a bit as the upper level trough lifts north this morning… Though wind speed remains high enough reaching advisory levels at this time. Therefore have replaced the Wind Warning with an Advisory. Do expect the winds to continue decrease a little more through the rest of the day and may lower to below advisory levels by this evening. National Weather Service discussion on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. HST