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    The skies above Waikiki were overcast Friday thanks to a rainy storm system that is moving east today. This photo was taken from on board the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake.

A weather system that drenched the islands since Friday has moved east of the state and will be replaced with drier weather starting Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Scattered showers and partly cloudy skies are expected by Sunday afternoon as some instability lingers over the area,” forecasters said. “Mostly dry weather conditions are forecast for next week with a light wind regime will allow for daytime sea breezes and overnight land breezes through Wednesday. Weak east to southeast winds return for Thursday and Friday with drier weather forecast through most of next week.”

A flash flood watch for the islands has expired, but the weather service has issued:

>> A winter storm watch for Big Island summits above 12,500 feet through 6 a.m. Sunday with up to 6 inches of snow possible.

>> A high wind warning until 6 a.m. Sunday, with west winds increasing to 70 to 80 mph and gusts up to 100 mph for the Hawaii island summits. “Driving will be extremely difficult if not impossible at times. Travel to the summits should be postponed until the strong winds subside,” the warning says.

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