A blizzard warning was issued for Hawaii tonight until 6 PM.
A couple views of Mauna Kea this AM from UH Hilo and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. pic.twitter.com/jRGyRyx00v
— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) December 24, 2014
Yes, there are blizzard warnings on Christmas Eve in Hawaii, where the two highest mountain peaks on the Big Island will see a White Christmas.
Blizzard warnings are in effect until 6 p.m. local time for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above 11,500 feet. Strong winds are expected with heavy snow which will lead to blowing and drifting snow and visibilities will be below 1/4 mile at times.
Winds must be at least 35 mph or greater with falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours to reach blizzard criteria.
Lower elevations will see thunderstorms and heavy rain and are under flash flood watches through this evening. There is also the risk of mudslides in steep terrain.
Up to 7 inches of snow possible on Hawaii summits http://t.co/oJffrB28Ax
— Latheef (@lathu) December 24, 2014
Of course, Barack Obama was out golfing again today. He was joined by staffers and the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The president is vacationing in Hawaii for seventeen days.