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Snow in paradise? Parts of Hawaii are expected to see another foot


Winter weather has arrived on Hawaii's two highest peaks Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which are located on the Big Island.

A snow storm has already dumped about 2 feet of snow on the mountains and an additional foot is possible Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Meteorologist Matt Foster of the National Weather Service told the LA Times that snow isn't unusual for the mountains because they reach altitudes of about 14,000 feet. In fact, he explained that the name Mauna Kea means "white mountain."

However, Foster told the LA Times the accumulation potential from this storm is "at the higher end of what we’d typically get up there."

Saturday the National Weather Service canceled a winter storm warning that was in effect for the area.

Still, the snowfall is likely to keep the access road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea closed through Monday. Right now, the road is closed at the Visitor Information Station due to freezing fog, heavy snow and icy roads, according to CBS News.

Foster added that once the roads open, the mountain will be open for skiers and snowboarders.

In the past, Foster told the LA Times there's been a push to discourage people from taking part in winter sports on the mountain so it can be reserved as a cultural site.

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