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Winter weather advisory for summits, Mauna Kea access road closed

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
331 AM HST FRI APR 10 2009

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BIG ISLAND SUMMITS…

.A PERSISTENT UPPER TROUGH WEST OF THE ISLANDS WILL SEND BANDS OF UPPER LEVEL MOISTURE OVER THE ISLANDS TODAY THROUGH INTO WEEKEND… BRINGING PERIODS OF WINTER WEATHER TO THE SUMMITS AND UPPER ELEVATIONS OF THE BIG ISLAND.

BIG ISLAND SUMMITS-
INCLUDING…MAUNA LOA AND MAUNA KEA ABOVE 8000 FEET
331 AM HST FRI APR 10 2009

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT HST TONIGHT…

A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL AFFECT THE BIG ISLAND SUMMITS THROUGH AT LEAST TONIGHT. SNOW FALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES…WITH SOME ICING…IS EXPECTED THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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MAUNA KEA SUMMIT ROAD CONDITIONS

Road/Snow Information from MK Rangers and Support Group
Road status: Closed
Comments: Friday, April 10, 2009 – 11:09 a.m.

The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed to the public due to ice and snow on summit roads. Heavy snow continues to fall and the snow removal crew has abandoned the summit.

Snow removal operations will continue tomorrow.

The summit will be closed today and probably all day tomorrow.

Public road conditions and snow report message: (808) 935-6268

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