Maui is experiencing a winter for the ages. To quote “Game of Thrones”, winter is here. OK, our high temperatures are still near 80 degrees by the ocean, but the nights are lower 60’s or even upper 50’s. That’s downright frigid for Maui!
But the real winter weather is taking place up on Haleakala, AKA House of the Rising Sun. Snowfall on Haleakala is rare. But this winter, we’re on our second round of snow up there. This time, the snow stuck as shown in the photo above, with more to come.
The National Weather Service just sent out a Winter Storm Watch warning that’s in effect until 6pm Thursday, February 14:
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact the summits.
EFFECTS: Very cold air aloft will once again move over the islands, beginning tonight and continuing into Friday. Additionally, moisture is expected to occasionally spread to the elevations of the summits, with bouts of winter weather expected..
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES, USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. HEAVY BURSTS OF SNOW COULD ALSO BE ACCOMPANIED BY LIGHTNING.
If you’re headed up to watch the sunrise, go on a hike or view the stars, please check the latest forecasts before you head up. Be safe out there!