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Snowplows clearing path to Mauna Kea summit

  • COURTESY SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORYThis image courtesy of NOAA and the Smithstonian Astrophysical Observatory on Mauna Kea shows snow on the summit and Mauna Loa in the distance this morning.
    COURTESY SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
    This image courtesy of NOAA and the Smithstonian Astrophysical Observatory on Mauna Kea shows snow on the summit and Mauna Loa in the distance this morning.
  • COURTESY NASA INFRARED TELESCOPEThis image from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility shows ice melting around a webcamera on the summit of Mauna Kea.
    COURTESY NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE
    This image from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility shows ice melting around a webcamera on the summit of Mauna Kea.
  • COURTESY W.M. KECK OBSERVATORYIce around the webcamera at the W.M. Keck Observatory begins to melt this morning on the summit of Mauna Kea.
    COURTESY W.M. KECK OBSERVATORY
    Ice around the webcamera at the W.M. Keck Observatory begins to melt this morning on the summit of Mauna Kea.
  • COURTESY NASA INFRARED TELESCOPEThis image from the NASA Infrared Teslescope Facility shows snow at the summit of Mauna Kea.
    COURTESY NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE
    This image from the NASA Infrared Teslescope Facility shows snow at the summit of Mauna Kea.
  • COURTESY UH HILOThis image from the UH Hilo webcam on Mauna Kea shows snow covering the ground on the summit.
    COURTESY UH HILO
    This image from the UH Hilo webcam on Mauna Kea shows snow covering the ground on the summit.
  • COURTESY NOAA MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORYThis image from the Mauna Loa Observatory webcamera shows snow on the ground and Mauna Kea in the distance.
    COURTESY NOAA MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORY
    This image from the Mauna Loa Observatory webcamera shows snow on the ground and Mauna Kea in the distance.

Snow plows were clearing a path to the summit of Mauna Kea Thursday morning after several inches fell Wednesday.

Snow could be seen at both summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Thursday.

The Mauna Kea Access Road was closed at the Visitor Information Station overnight because of ice and snow on the summit roads.

Big Island summits were under a winter storm warning Wednesday and temperatures were below freezing Thursday morning, but had warmed to just above freezing by early afternoon.

Webcam videos showed the storm blow across the mountains Wednesday.

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