Blizzard Warnings in Effect for Alaska and Hawaii

By Paul Riegler on 4 December 2021
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Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

The first blizzard warning of the winter of 2021-22 was not issued for Buffalo, New York, nor was it issued for the Rocky Mountains region.  No, the first warning was issued for Hawaii, followed quickly by several for Alaska.

The National Weather Service issued on Friday a blizzard warning for the Big Island’s two summits, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, with up to 12” (30.5 cm) of snow and winds gusting up to 100 mph (160 km/h).

The warnings are in effect until 6 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Sunday.

Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, has a peak at 13,803’ (4,207.3 m) above sea level, making it the highest point in the state.  Mauna Loa has historically been considered the largest volcano on earth and its peak reaches 13,679’ (4,169 m).

Both summits typically see some snow each year, as does the summit on Haleakala, a massive shield volcano that forms 75% of the island of Maui, and has a summit at 10,023’ (3,055 m).

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued ten separate blizzard warnings covering much of the state of Alaska. The warnings encompass the southern Seward Peninsula coast, the northern and interior Seward Peninsula, St Lawrence Island, and the Bering Strait coast.

The warnings are in effect through 9 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on Monday in most of the regions that are affected.

Travel conditions there will be difficult if not impossible, local forecasters said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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