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Wind advisory issued for Big Island summits until Monday evening (April 30)

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Mauna Kea summit area Monday (April 30). Video courtesy of CFHT

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a wind advisory for the summits of Haleakala, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea above 8,000 until 6 p.m. Monday (April 30).

Winds will be coming from the East at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Motorists are advised to use caution as windy conditions can make driving difficult especially when driving high profile vehicles.

As of 7 a.m. Monday (April 30) the Mauna Kea access road is closed due to ice and snow on roadways. For updates on Mauna Kea road conditions go here.

A small craft advisory is also in effect for the Kaiwi Channel, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island Leeward and Southeast waters until 6 p.m. Monday. The small craft advisory conditions will probably be extended into Wednesday due to gusty trade winds.

UPDATED (4/30/2012 at 10:1 AM)

As of 9:26 a.m. The Mauna Kea Access Road has re-opened to the public.

The summits of Mauna Kea (foreground) and Mauna Loa. Photo by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

The summits of Mauna Kea (foreground) and Mauna Loa. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

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