HAWAII | Blizzard warnings are in effect for the mountain/volcano summits on the Big Island. Twelve or more inches of snow will be likely above 12,000 FT from Friday evening (Dec 3) thru Sunday morning (Dec 5) local time. Wind gusts over 100 MPH will also be possible. Lower elevation will get heavy rains this weekend.
A strong cold front is coming in from the north. Local forecasters call this storm system a Kona Low.
Snow is normal on top of the mountain summits. In fact Mauna Kea means “white mountain” in Hawaiian. This amount of snow with such powerful winds all at once is not unheard of, but it is a bit more rare. Smaller snows are normal on the mountain tops.