Hawaiian Volcanic Peaks Get ‘Heavy’ Snow

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The Daily Mail reports that snow fell on Hawaii’s Big Island on December 1.

“Hawaii’s Big Island had snow on Friday, with the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, at almost 14,000ft, blanketed by five inches of snow,” wrote the Daily Mail. “The snow was brought by a weather system called Kona: a low-pressure system from mid-latitudes that draws tropical moisture northward, drenching Hawaii.”

Snow is not uncommon on Hawaii’s volcanic peaks, more snow, from light dustings to heavier snowfall, is forecast for the peaks of the Big Island, as well as other islands in the Hawaii chain as winter proceeds.

Roads to the volcano’s peak and the station were closed earlier in the week in response to the harsh weather delivered by the sustained Kona system, according to the Daily Caller.

“Rangers and staff at Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest volcanic peak, closed the roads earlier in the week due to high humidity, flurries, icy conditions and fog,” said the Daily Caller. “But now the area has to be ploughed so the handful of researchers who reside there can access the site.”

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