The summits of three tallest mountains of Hawaii were covered in snow by a snowstorm on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Yes, there was snow on the top of Haleakala on Maui, and Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
The summits were put under a winter storm warning through noon Friday. Snow road to the summit of Haleakala was closed for much of the day Friday because of icy conditions, while snow accumulations of up to 6 inches was in the forecast for the Big Island summits.
On Friday, snow dusted the top of Mauna Kea.
Snow on Mauna Kea this morning, Hawaii Island. Can you feel the Goddess Poli'ahu? Queen of the mountain, queen of the snow, she reigns supreme! PC: Francois Waikoloa on Facebook. #HawaiiIsland pic.twitter.com/rbbHgL2tnN— Anne Murata (@AnneMurata) February 8, 2020
A high wind warning was also in effect for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, with southwest to west winds 45 to 75 mph and potential gusts to 90 mph.
Snow in Hawaii? Yes, you go high enough. Here’s a spectacular sunset on Mauna Kea, at nearly 14,000 feet. pic.twitter.com/ujA6r2ZWlD— Larry Gilbertson (@GenomeLarry) February 5, 2020
The road to the summit of Mauna Kea was closed until further notice as of Thursday evening.
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