“Do not travel,” the National Weather Service warns those seeking to visit…
The islands of Hawaii are being hammered with extreme weather, causing the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning for the Big Island’s highest peaks early Wednesday morning.
Weather forecasters said heavy snow, ice, strong winds and low visibility are to be expected on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the islands’ highest summits which reach 13,796 feet and 13,680 feet respectively. Snowfall totals could amount to 6 to 10 inches, with wind gusts reaching up to 65 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Officials said traveling up to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which are also popular tourist attractions for their observatories and stargazing, could be extremely dangerous.
“Do not travel,” the National Weather Service warns those seeking to visit the volcanic summits. “If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.”