A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the summits of Maunakea and Maunaloa through late Friday morning (May 6th).
Published by: HIRSC - Weather Team
WINTER STORM WATCH FOR BIG ISLAND SUMMITS ABOVE 12000 FEET... .Deep tropical moisture lifting northward into the area combined with freezing temperatures and increasing instability associated with an upper low will lead to periods of snow at the summits tonight through Friday morning. Conditions should begin to improve over the weekend. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM HST FRIDAY... * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches. * WHERE...Big Island Summits above 12000 feet. * WHEN...Until 11 AM HST Friday. * IMPACTS...Hazardous travel due slick roads and restricted visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
Maunakea Access Road Status: CLOSED
Road Information: Thursday, May 06, 2021 - 06:24 p.m.
The access road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9200 ft. due to the forecast of fog, ice, and high humidity with a chance of snow flurries and convection. We will continue to monitor the summit road and weather conditions with updates to be provided tomorrow morning.
The Maunakea Rangers thank you for your patience and understanding.