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Winter Storm Watch Could Bring Six Inches of Snow to Big Island Summits

December 5, 2019, 8:38 AM HST
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University of Hawaii ifa, CFHT webcam image, 12.5.19.

A winter storm watch is in effect for the Big Island Summits above 12,000 feet.

This comes ahead of a disturbance moving in from the northwest.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say heavy snow with accumulation in excess of six inches is possible.

According to the NWS forecast, “Deep level moisture is expected to increase late tonight and early Friday over the eastern end of the state. With very cold temperatures above 12,000 feet, these conditions will likely produce snow, which may be heavy at times.”

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact the affected summits.

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The NWS says, “Anyone planning travel to the summits, including hikers and campers, should monitor the latest forecasts and consider postponing their trip until improved weather returns.”

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The watch remains in effect from tonight through Friday afternoon.

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