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Winter storm warning for Big Island summits

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Webcam image on Mauna Kea summit area 4:30 p.m. HST Tuesday, (March 3). Image courtesy of UH-Hilo

Webcam image on Mauna Kea summit area 4:30 p.m. HST Tuesday, (March 3). Image courtesy of UH-Hilo

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for Big Island summits above 12,000 feet until 6 a.m. Thursday (March 5).

Heavy snow accumulation up to 12-18 inches is forecast for Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Winds are currently 10-20 mph from the southwest and are forecast to strengthen to 20-30 mph Wednesday night. Temperatures are forecast for the upper 20s with visibility under a half mile in the clouds.

Mauna Kea summit access road is closed above the Visitor Information Station due to ice and snow on the roadways.

For updated information on summit road conditions visit: mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/ro…

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