Hawaii Island summits hit by blast of wintery weather

February 26, 2013 HAWAIIThe burst of winter weather on Mauna Kea over the weekend has apparently come to an end. Snowfalls were replaced by freezing rain and high winds on Hawaii Island summits today and temperatures are expected to rise above freezing Tuesday and Wednesday. “With more sunshine and warmer temperature, I would expect what’s left of the snow will melt pretty quickly over the next couple of days,” said Robert Ballard, a forecaster with the National Weather Service Honolulu office. Forecasters issued a high wind watch for the summits above 8,000 feet starting Tuesday morning through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Winds of 45 mph with gusts over 60 mph may blow over the summits, Ballard said. A wind advisory is also in effect for parts of Maui County and Hawaii Island through late Tuesday night because of strong trade winds. Forecasters expect sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph, with gusts over 50 mph that could bring down tree branches, cause power outages and make driving difficult. The advisory includes Manele, Lanai City, Kahului, Haleakala National Park above 6,000 feet, south Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Kamuela and Waikoloa. The winds shouldn’t be as strong on Oahu and Kauai, where forecasters predict 15 to 30 mph winds, with higher gusts up to 50 mph in a few areas. –Star Advisor
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3 Responses to Hawaii Island summits hit by blast of wintery weather

  1. Graig Haney says:

    How often does it snow in Hawaii?

    • Irene C says:

      It all depends on what part of Hawaii. This article says that it was in the summits, so they do see snow occasionally due to their altitude. The summit where the observatory is gets quite cold. However, most of my knowledge comes from programs I have seen since I have never had the privilege of seeing Hawaii. From what I’ve heard, you can catch most of the seasons just by driving a few miles. Someone with more personal knowledge could probably give you a more specific answer.

  2. When my husband was stationed at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, each year they would train around Pohaca Loa. There was snow and extreme cold temps at least once a ear.

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