Snow in Hawaii

When you think of Hawaii, snow is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, early this week, parts of the Aloha State are seeing just that. The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a winter storm warning for the volcanoes on the Big Island.

Snow in Hawaii happens every year. Any snow is confined to the volcanoes on the Big Island (Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea) as well as Haleakala on Maui. All of these summits reach at least 10,000 feet. Up to three additional inches of snow is expected on the summits of the Big Island.

Hawaii weather alerts as of 2:45 PM CST (10:45 AM HST). Winter storm warnings are in pink.

In lower laying elevations on the Big Island, rain is expected. All precipitation starts as snow high in the atmosphere. As the snow falls, the temperature typically increases and the snowflakes may melt partially or completely before reaching the ground. This is the case on the Big Island of Hawaii – higher elevations see the snow while lower elevations see the melted snow (aka rain).

Snow on Mauna Kea

The winter storm warning continues through 6PM HST (10 PM CST) Tuesday.

For webcams on top of Mauna Kea, click here.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 28, 2017

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