Parts Of Hawaii See White-Out Conditions As Snow Falls

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The summits of famed Hawaii volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are getting an early coat of snow this season — with up to eight inches in the forecast. A winter storm warning is in effect through Tuesday night as the summits of the Big Island experience white-out conditions, CBS affiliate KGMB-TV reports. Conditions on the summits are dangerous.

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A light blanket of white powder was captured on the Mauna Kea Observatory 30 webcams late Monday into Tuesday. An interactive summit map shows ice detected in the area.

While it may seem unusual, it’s actually not rare for snow to fall on Hawaii’s mountains.  Last year, the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa — the state’s two highest volcanic peaks — saw up to two feet of snow in early December.

 

At the time, Ryan Lyman, forecast meteorologist with the Mauna Kea Weather Center, told CBS News there has been 30 to 36 inches in recent winters.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: CBS News
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