Wintry weather forecast for Big Island summits

  • Winter came to the top of Maunakea in late January. (Jeri Gantley/Community contributor)

A winter weather advisory goes into effect at noon Thursday for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa.

Deep moisture along a front will move over the Big Island Thursday and Thursday night, producing periods of snow showers and freezing rain possibly into Friday, according to Honolulu-based National Weather Service forecasters. Up to 5 inches of snow is forecast to fall at elevations above 10,500 feet.

A high wind warning is already in effect for both summits through Sunday morning. Wind speeds of 45-75 mph with gusts topping 90 mph are expected.

Forecasters cautioned that travel could be very difficult and blowing snow will reduce visibility.

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