Dec 04, 2021

By Steve Kee

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When you think about Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is sunshine and beaches.  One thing you don’t often hear about in Hawaii, is a blizzard warning.

But the U.S. National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for mountains on Hawaii’s Big Island, saying wind gusts of above 160 km/h and 30 centimetres or more of snow are possible.

The warning is in effect through Sunday morning for Big Island summits said “travel should be restricted to emergencies only” and those who must travel should have a winter survival kit.

Blizzard warnings for Hawaii are rare, but not unheard of. The Big Island has mountain peaks that reach nearly 14,000 feet.

The threat of snow in Hawaii comes as places in the Rocky Mountains more used to white winter weather are close to breaking records for days without snow.

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