NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Hawaii today that is calling for 2-4″ of snow on the 13,80′ Mauna Kea and 13,600′ Mauna Loa volcanos on the Big Island of Hawaii that expires tomorrow morning at 6am local time.
Periods of snow and rain will continue, with the more intense precipitation falling in the form of snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected. - NOAA Honolulu, HI today
It’s been snowing on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa since Monday and a Winter Storm Warning was in effect yesterday that called for 4-8″ of snowfall.
The road to the summit observatories has been closed since yesterday due to snow and ice and is still closed.
“The road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot elevation due to ice accumulating on some of the roadways and thick fog, making for unsafe road and driving conditions. The latest forecast also calls for more fog, rain and possibly snow throughout the day. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, for Big Island summits. We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions and this message will be updated as conditions change.” – Mauna Kea Rangers, today
It snows on the big island of Hawaii nearly every year.
The Big Island hosts 4 of the 5 major climate zones known on Earth including tundra.
Some snowfalls are big enough for skiing and riding and the footage is very cool:
video showing skiing and riding on Hawaii in 2016.