Snow and Gusty Winds Hit Hawaii's Mauna Kea Summit

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Snow and gusty winds lashed the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea on Wednesday, November 29, as a “Kona low” low-pressure system brought stormy weather to the state.

Several inches of snow have accumulated on the inactive volcano Mauna Kea, which has an elevation of 13,800 feet, and parts of the state at a lower elevation have been drenched by heavy rainfall, according to weather reports.

As of Thursday, a winter weather advisory was in effect through Friday morning for summits on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Footage from Derek Petrowski captured on Wednesday shows gusty wind and snow outside the Keck Observatory, an astronomical observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea.

Petrowski told Storyful that he “arrived at work to see that the Kona low weather system brought freezing temps and precipitation to the Summit of Mauna Kea overnight.” The snow was the first of the year on Hawaii’s Big Island, Petrowski said. Credit: Derek Petrowski via Storyful