The NWS said up to 12 inches of snow or more is possible with winds gusting over 100 mph on the Big Island Summits.
Is it normal to see snow in Hawaii?
“Yes, although only on top of the highest peaks on Maui and the Big Island. Every winter, storm systems bring frequent snow storms to elevations generally above 11,000 feet. This means that only Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are impacted. Many times these snowstorms are accompanied by strong winds, resulting in significant drifting of snow and blizzard conditions,” the National Weather Service said.
As of Friday morning, Hawaii and Alaska were the only two states in the U.S. to have blizzard warnings.
“A strong storm will approach Alaska this weekend that will bring heavy snow, blizzard conditions and bitterly cold temperatures,” said the NWS.
Across the contiguous U.S., snow has been in short supply, including in Colorado.
It has been 225 days since Denver received measurable snowfall. This is the city’s third-longest snowless streak in history. November finished as Denver’s third-warmest on record.
For the first time in nine months, extreme drought covers Denver and parts of the Front Range and eastern plains.