Hawaii Is Not That Far For The Winter Season, Hit By 2 Feet Of Snow

First Posted: Dec 12, 2016 02:33 AM EST

Parts of Hawaii are hit with over 2 feet of snow as a winter weather warning is issued for the United States' 50th state. The heaviest accumulations of snow are on two of the island's highest peaks Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa that have seen between 2 and 3 feet of snowfall for just a few days.

Late Sunday night, the snow fell on the peaks of Big Island of Hawaii, as well as Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and therefore, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the whole area. Ken Rubin of the University of Hawaii stated that the snow level is almost not below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during winter. But since the mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year. He added that it does seldom stay on the ground for more than a few days.

According to, it was stated in the storm warning that an additional 6 to 12 inches of the white stuff could land on top of 11,000 feet, and winds may reach 15 to 30 mph. The snow that has been falling since late last week on Big Island's volcanic summits forced the officials to shut down a part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Lots of fog, huge snow and icy conditions additionally forced the closing of the road up to the Mauna Kea traveler station. Forecasters aforementioned it is usual for the mountains that have altitudes of around 14,000 feet to see snow within the winter months. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Foster said that the recent snowfall is very high of what is typically a normal one, according to LA Times.

Matt Foster also added that there are winters hin the past that the mountains got very little to no snow, including last year. Is this because of the climate change?

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