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Winter storm brings snow to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa

  • COURTESY: W.M. KECK OBSERVATORY
    Snow is seen on Mauna Kea under sunny skies this morning from this webcamera image taken from the Keck observatory.
  • COURTESY: UH HILO EDUCATIONAL TELESCOPE
    Snow can be seen on the ground at Mauna Kea at sunset in this image from the University of Hawaii Hilo telescope at the summit Sunday evening.
  • COURTESY: NOAA MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORY
    This image from the deck camera at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory shows snow on the ground on Mauna Loa this morning.
  • COURTESY: UH HILO PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY TELESCOPE
    Snow remained on the ground this morning in this view from the University of Hawaii Hilo telescope webcamera.
  • COURTESY: NASA IRTF OBSERVATORY
    This image from the NASA IRTF Observatory shows snow on Mauna Loa in the distance and on Mauna Kea in the foreground this morning.
  • COURTESY: NOAA MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORY
    Snow can be seen on the ground on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in the distance in this webcamera image taken this morning from the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory.
  • COURTESY: SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
    Snow fell on Mauna Kea Sunday as seen in this image from the Smithsonian observatory.
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A winter storm brought snow to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Sunday and more snow is forecast to fall this afternoon and tonight..

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Hawaii island summits until 9 a.m. Tuesday because of snow, freezing rain and black ice on roads above 8,000 feet.

Snow is not expected this morning, but could fall this afternoon and tonight.

Forecasters say 1 to 2 inches fell overnight Saturday and drifts of 8 to 12 inches were reported at the summits Sunday morning.

Temperatures at the summits dropped into the low 20s Saturday night and are expected to be below freezing again today.

Forecasters say strong winds are also making travel to the summits hazardous.

 

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