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Winter storm warning posted for Big Island summits

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:03 a.m. HST, Mar 3, 2014

Snow and winds gusting to more than 100 mph are making travel to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa dangerous.

A high wind warning continues until 6 p.m. for the summits.

Forecasters say west winds are blowing at 60 to 80 mph, with gusts above 100 mph.

A winter storm warning is also posted for the summits above 11,000 feet until 6 p.m. Up to 6 inches of snow could fall Monday.

Forecasters say extreme hazard conditions on the summits will lead to periods of visibilities near zero and freezing temperatures in the 20s.

A weather system that moved over Oahu Saturday and Sunday has stalled over Maui and the Big Island and will gradually move away.

The forecast for Hawaii island calls for mostly cloudy and hazy conditions with numerous showers in the morning and scattered showers in the afternoon.

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