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Strong trades set to replace wet winter weather on Big Isle

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:59 a.m. HST, Feb 25, 2013

Strong tradewinds could be back to replace the wet, and in some parts, snowy, weather the state saw this past week, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

The weather service issued a wind advisory for Hawaii island through 6 p.m. Tuesday for northeasterly winds of 20 to 35 mph and localized gusts of more than 45 mph. Meteorologist Tom Birchard said that advisory could expand statewide as early as today.

“It looks like winds will be strengthening around Monday and peak on Tuesday and that’s when we could see wind advisories statewide,” he said. 

The advisory could be similar to earlier wind advisories, with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and localized gusts close to 50 mph, he said.

The weather service also extended a winter weather advisory for Hawaii Island summits above 10,500 feet until noon Monday, but said the cold, unstable atmospheric conditions that brought snow to Hawaii Island summits and heavy showers to lower elevations are expected to move out early today.

“It’s mainly because there will still be some lingering impacts from the precipitation up there,” Birchard said. “There’s a chance for some ice to redevelop overnight and there could be some freezing fog or drizzle, but the upper level disturbance that caused the unsettled weather will be moving on.”

On Saturday, forecasters also received a report of a light dusting of snow at the summit of Haleakala, but said it didn’t appear that more snow fell Sunday.

The road leading to the summit of Haleakala from the visitor center was temporarily closed this morning because of ice on the road.

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