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Snowstorm warning issued for Hawaii

FILE: Snow-covered Mount Mauna Kea is seen in this photo taken on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea translates as “white mountain” in Hawaiian. (AP Photo / Tim Wright)

DENVER (KDVR) – ONE blizzard warning was released in Hawaii on Friday, will begin in the evening and run through Sunday morning, according to National Weather Service.

The NWS says snow could reach 12 inches or more with winds above 100 mph on the Big Island Summits.

Is it normal to see snow in Hawaii?

“Yes, though only at the top of the highest peaks on Maui and the Big Island. Each winter, storm systems bring frequent snowstorms to altitudes often above 11,000 feet. This means that only Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are affected. Many times these blizzards are accompanied by strong winds, resulting in significant snow drift and blizzard conditions,” said the National Weather Service.

As of Friday morning, Hawaii and Alaska were the only two states in the US with blizzard warnings.

In Alaska, where it usually snows, there are now some blizzard warning effective. In November, most of the state was colder than usual, with some areas near record cold.

“A powerful storm will approach Alaska this weekend, bringing heavy snow, blizzard conditions and extreme cold temperatures,” the NWS said.

Across the contiguous regions of the United States, snow has been in short supply, including in Colorado.

It was 225 days since Denver received measurable snowfall. This is the third-longest snow-free streak in the city’s history. November ended as the third warmest on record in Denver.

For the first time in nine months, Severe drought covers Denver and parts of the Front Range and the eastern plains.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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