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Enjoy the view, snow on summits may last until Sunday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:38 p.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

With temperatures below freezing at night, the snow on the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa may stick around through the weekend.

But, depending on how sunny and warm it gets during the day, the snow will slowly melt away.

The road to the summit of Mauna Kea reoopened just after 11 a.m. this morning after road crews cleared the road of snow and ice. 

Residents and visitors didn't waste any time getting up to the summit to play in the snow. People could be seen sledding in webcamera images from the summit.

A new cold front is moving down the island chain this weekend, but the system is not expected to bring much rain to the Big Island.

The storm may bring a little snow, but nothing significant, said Chris Jacobson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Several days of storm weather this week dropped up to a foot of snow on the summit, Jacobson said. The snow level began at about 10,000 feet.

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