Rare blizzard warning issued in Hawaii

Posted December 4, 2021 10:50 a.m. EST
Updated December 4, 2021 11:11 a.m. EST

A blizzard warning was issued for some of Hawaii's mountain summits this weekend. (NOAA satellite photo)

A blizzard is forecasted for this weekend in Hawaii.

Yes, you read that right. Up to 12 inches of snow are possible in the Aloha State's mountain summits with wind gusts of more than 100 miles per hour. A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says that Alaska and Hawaii are the only states with significant winter weather expected. There was minimal snow forecasted in other parts of the country.

The expected snow is part of a forecast that includes 'huge, life-threatening waves,' and significant flooding according to KHNL. The NWS said it's common to see snow at high elevations in Hawaii.

Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest peak, is 13,803 feet. The second tallest peak, Mauna Loa, is 13,679 feet. Mauna Loa's current snowpack can be seen via satellite.

Meanwhile, Denver has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall set on Nov. 21, 1934. The same scenario is playing out across much of the Rocky Mountains, and in the broader Western United States.