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Storm brings October snow to Hawaii island mountains

  • COURTESY UH HILO MAUNA KEA WEBCAMERA
    Snow covered the roads and ground at the top of Mauna Kea Tuesday.
  • COURTESY W. M. KECK OBSERVATORY
    This image from the W. M. Keck Observatory shows the snow and telescopes on Mauna Kea.
  • COURTESY JOINT ASTRONOMY CENTRE
    This image shows the snow from the James Clark Maxwell telescope at the Joint Astronomy Centre on Mauna Kea Tuesday morning.
  • NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY
    This image from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, looking south, shows snow on Mauna Loa from the snow-covered slopes of Mauna Kea Tuesday morning.
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Several inches of snow fell Monday afternoon and evening and covered summit roads until temperatures rose late Tuesday morning.

“Snow and freezing fog overnight has left the summit road icy,” the National Weather Service said in a winter weather advisory early Tuesday. “The icy road will make driving hazardous until temperatures rise high enough to melt the ice.”

The summit road reopened by about 11:12 a.m. and the National Weather Service dropped the advisory. Snow remained on the ground in the early afternoon.

Temperatures at the summit Tuesday afternoon were in the high 30s.

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