A major winter storm system has recently hit Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island near Mauna Kea, dumping approximately 1-2 FEET of new snow on the summit. A winter weather advisory was issued for the area last Friday as a heavy-impact storm hit the volcano, producing snowdrifts as deep as 4 feet, the general manager of Maunakea Support Services Stewart Hunter reports.
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The access road on the volcano was closed on Friday morning as a result of the snow storm. NOAA reported that the winter storm lasted for a total of 3 days up until Monday, January 12th, when an additional 4 inches fell on the volcano at elevations above 12,000 feet. Both the access road to Mauna Kea’s summit and the campground at Mauna Loa were closed. But it’s not over just yet.
The Mauna Kea Weather Center forecasts winter storm conditions to continue through today, Wednesday January 15, advising inhabitants to take caution when traveling in the area, West Hawaii Today reports. In the meantime, the access road has remained closed. More snow is expected to impact the volcano on Thursday as well. Looks like it may be time to swap that surfboard for a pair of sticks!