Hawaii Blizzard Warning Leaves Meteorologists Dumbfounded: ‘Wow!’

A rare blizzard warning for Hawaii has left meteorologists dumbfounded, as several parts of high terrain on the island prepare for heavy rain, snow and gusts this weekend.

The blizzard warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu on Thursday for Hawaii’s Big Island summits starting Friday at 6 p.m. HST to Sunday at 6 a.m. HST.

Up to 12 inches of snowfall are expected alongside wind gusts of over 100 mph, according to local weather forecasters.

“WINTER IN HAWAII: You probably have seen this going around social media and it’s not fake,” said meteorologist Brittany Foster of Channel 8 KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Hawaii is dealing with some snow! A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the Big Island Summits as up to 12 inches of snow is expected with wind gusts over 100 mph. WOW!”

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