(ABOVE) Video from sea-level by David Corrigan, timelapse video at the summit courtesy Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope webcams, and audio from the Mauna Kea Rangers phone message.
- Mauna Kea was covered in snow on Sunday morning, as parting clouds made the whote summit visible across Hawaii Island.
- The road to the summit of Mauna Kea is closed at the Visitor Station due to snow and ice on the road, and it is not known when the road will open.
- A High Wind Warning is in effect for Hawaii Island summit areas until 6 p.m. HST this evening. Winds will be 35 to 55 mph with localized gusts over 75 mph.
- The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed, according to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
From the Mauna Kea Rangers:
The road to the summit of Maunakea is CLOSED at the Visitor Station due to snow and ice on the road. It is very cold (26degs) on the summit with winds over 50 mph. The Utilities crew is attempting to clear the road but due to icy poor conditions progress is very slow. At this time, we do not know when the road will open.
This message will be updated as conditions change. Happy New Year from the staff at the VIS
The summit road is closed when hazardous conditions occur. Criteria for closing the road are:
1. Sustained winds at 55 mph for an hour or gusts in excess of 65 mph;
2. Any ice or snow on the roadway;
3. Visibility being less than 50 feet;
4. Any other exigent circumstance that would make the road hazardous. Maunakea Visitor Information Station on Jan. 4 at 11:39 a.m. HST