This is not a joke: heavy snow and possible blizzard conditions will affect Hawaii’s Big Island summits into late this week.
Deep tropical moisture is pooling ahead of a cold front that will sweep across the Hawaiian Islands into Wednesday night. This moisture will not only fuel heavy rain, but also snowfall, primarily above 12,000 feet in elevation.
Although it may sound strange, snowfall in Hawaii is not rare. It snows every year, but only at the summits of the highest volcanoes on the Big Island – Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea – which are at an elevation above 13,000 feet, as well as Haleakala, at an elevation of just over 10,000 feet, on the island of Maui.