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Blizzard Warning Issued in Hawaii


FILE: The snow capped mountain of Mauna Kea can be seen in this photo taken Tuesday January 6, 2009 near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea translates to “white mountain” in the Hawaiian language. (AP Photo / Tim Wright)

DENVER (KDVR) – A blizzard warning was issued in Hawaii on Friday that will begin in the evening and last until Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said up to 12 inches of snow or more is possible with gusts of over 100 mph over the Big Island peaks.

Is it normal to see snow in Hawaii?

“Yes, but only atop Maui’s highest peaks and the Big Island. Each winter, storm systems cause frequent snowstorms at altitudes typically above 11,000 feet. This means that only Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are impacted. Often these snowstorms are accompanied by strong winds, causing significant drift of snow and blizzard conditions, ”the National Weather Service said.

As of Friday morning, Hawaii and Alaska were the only two states in the United States to have blizzard warnings.

In Alaska, where snow is common, several blizzard warnings are currently in effect. In November, much of the state was colder than normal, with some areas close to record cold levels.

“A strong storm will approach Alaska this weekend which will bring heavy snow, blizzard conditions and extremely cold temperatures,” the NWS said.

Snow across the contiguous United States has been scarce, including in Colorado.

It’s been 225 days since Denver received measurable snowfall. This is the third longest snowless streak in the city’s history. November ended as the third hottest on record in Denver.

For the first time in nine months, extreme drought covers Denver and parts of the Front Range and Eastern Plains.




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