Blizzard-like conditions hit Hawaii a week after Mauna Loa’s eruption stopped

The mainland isn’t the only one experiencing a major winter storm. Just a week after Mauna Loa’s eruption stopped, winter storm warnings were issued for Hawaii’s Big Island.

The National Weather Service issued the heavy and driving snow warning on Monday, with the winter storm warning in effect until 6am HST on Tuesday.

Up to 8 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour are possible on Big Island Summits over 10,500 feet.

Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, sits at 13,680 feet above sea level, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, sits just over 13,800 feet. Snowstorm-like conditions are expected for both.

Snow and ice covered Mauna Kea’s camera early Monday afternoon.

Snow on these mountains is not uncommon, although snowstorms only occur every few years on average.

The snow is often due to a Kona low, when southwest winds bring moist air over the leeward, or “Kona” side of the mountains, producing copious amounts of precipitation.

Hawaii snowstorm

Blizzards hit Hawaii.

Mauna Loa

The snowy conditions come just after a week since Mauna Loa’s eruption stopped.


University of Hawaii

8 inches of snow and 100 mph winds are possible.


Mauna Loa volcano began erupting on November 27th and stopped on December 13th. This is the first time Mauna Loa has actively erupted since 1984, making it the 33rd eruption since 1843. Blizzard-like conditions hit Hawaii a week after Mauna Loa’s eruption stopped


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