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Blizzard Warning for the Big Island

A Blizzard Warning will take effect at 6 p.m. for the summit areas of the Big Island of Hawaii.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said heavy snow squalls, extremely strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are possible above the 11,000-foot elevations of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

The Weather Service said conditions will be life threatening to anyone attempting to travel to the summits.

Forecasters expect a foot of snow with higher drifts. The worst conditions are anticipated overnight Friday night into Saturday morning. Sustained winds could reach 55 to 90 miles per hour with gusts to 120 miles per hour.

Blizzard Warning issued for Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa summits - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

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Seriously?! Is a blizzard in Hawaii as rare as I think it is?

I'm not sure about a blizzard but it's common for the volcanoes to have snow at their summit in the winter. Some people ski on them.

Wow! I've never heard the phrase "skiing in Hawaii"!

Hawaii snow skiing

Wow, that's beautiful.

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