Hawaii Island Weather Update for February 6th, 2020

Wet weather is expected to continue through Friday and slowly improve through the weekend.


Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa until 6:00 pm Friday evening. Snowfall accumulations up to 5 inches are expected with periods of freezing rain and snow showers tonight into Friday.


No Major Roadways, Highways, or Facility closures and also no utility outages to report as of 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon (February 6th).

Synopsis


A cold front over the central islands will continue to move down the island chain through tonight. The front will produce numerous showers, some heavy, and brings the possibility of thunderstorms to the area. Cool northerly winds are expected behind the front, lingering into early next week. Additional unsettled weather is possible early next week as another system moves north of the islands.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM HST FRIDAY * WHAT...Snow showers and periods of freezing rain. Total snow accumulations of up to 5 inches. * WHERE...Big Island Summits above 10,500 feet. * WHEN...From noon today to 6 AM HST Friday. This advisory may need to be extended into Friday afternoon. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero 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/John A. Burns Way Road Closure Information:


Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 03:00 p.m.

The road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9,200 feet due to high humidity, thick fog with limited to almost no visibility, below-freezing temperatures, increasing winds, and the latest forecast, which calls for extensive fog, ice, and flurries, along with increasing winds. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6:00 p.m. Friday, for Big Island summits.

Rangers will continue to monitor road and weather conditions and this message will be updated accordingly.

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