A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the Island of Hawaii summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa through Tuesday evening (January 26th).
Road to the summit of Maunakea has also been closed ahead of forecasted winter weather.
Published by: HIRSC - Weather Team
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM HST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Wintry mix of snow and freezing rain expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Snow levels between 12,500 and 13,000 feet. * WHERE...Big Island Summits. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM HST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. 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 Road Closure Notice for January 23rd, 2021:
Maunakea Access Road Status: CLOSED
Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 06:21 p.m.
The Maunakea summit access road is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station located at the 9,200 feet elevation due to the forecast for high humidity, below-freezing temperatures, winter weather conditions overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Big Island summits until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Maunakea Rangers will update on the summit weather as conditions change.