Blizzard warning issued for Hawaii

BIG ISLAND, Hawaii — It’s best known as a tropical paradise, but the National Weather Service has issued a rare blizzard warning for Hawaii’s Big Island. The forecast is for up to a foot of snow or more with winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour for the Big Island summits.

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While blizzards are extremely rare, snow isn’t unheard of in Hawaii. Both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawaii’s mountain peaks, typically see fresh snow every winter, CNN reported. The current conditions leading to the blizzard warning had Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closing the summit of Mauna Loa.

Widespread heavy rains and damaging winds are expected to hit most of Hawaii, prompting fears of flooding, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. A Kona low is expected near the islands this weekend, a type of seasonal cyclone that brings wet and unsettled weather, USA Today reported.

Hawaii’s blizzard warning came as Denver, Colorado set a record for the latest snowfall of the season.