The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until Sunday morning on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, as up to 12 inches or more of snow is expected on the island. The NWS is also warning residents to stay indoors as forecasters predict gusts of over 100 mph.
“Travel could be very difficult, if not impossible. Blowing snow will sometimes reduce visibility considerably, with periods of zero visibility,” said the weather warning from the NWS.
In addition to the blizzard warning, a Kona low is expected near the islands starting Saturday night. Kona storms are a type of seasonal cyclone in the Hawaiian Islands, usually formed in winter by winds coming from the direction west of “Kona”, according to N. Kona, depressions often cause wet and “unstable” weather.
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However, as rare as snowfall seems in Hawaii, it does occur every year in some mountainous areas.
Last January, snow blanketed a small portion of the Big Island of Hawaii, which is Hawaii’s largest main island. Since the peaks of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes both rise to over 13,000 feet in elevation, when cold fronts and heavy rains form, snow falls, according to the Weather Channel.
The coldest official temperature observed in Hawaii is 12 degrees, which was recorded at the Mauna Kea Observatory on May 17, 1979, according to the Weather Channel.
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