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Big Island summits experiencing strong winds and winter conditions

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA


Winter weather on Mauna Kea summit via a time-lapse movie. March 5-12, 2015. Images courtesy of UH-Hilo webcam.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high wind warning for Big Island summits until 4 a.m. Friday (March 13).

Winds are coming from the west at 45-65 mph with gusts over 66 mph.

The strong winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

A Winter weather advisory remains in effect for Big Island summits above 11,000 feet in elevation until 6 a.m. Friday (March 13).

Freezing fog and snow showers leading to light ice accumulation and up to an inch of snow for the summits. Temperatures are in the mid to low 20s with visibility limited to a quarter of a mile or less in freezing fog at times mainly during the evening.

The road to the summit of Mauna Kea is closed due to heavy accumulations of snow and ice on all summit roads. Crews hope to resume snow removal operations early Friday morning.

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

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

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