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Unusual but not impossible: Hawaii on alert for snowstorm


The National Meteorological Service assured that trips to the islands "should be restricted only to emergencies." Snow accumulations of more than 12 inches are expected.

Hawaii is under a snowstorm watch, according to the US National Weather Service.

According to a statement, possible wind gusts of more than 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers) and up to 12 inches (30.4 centimeters) or more of snow are expected.

The advisory runs through Sunday morning for the mountains and includes an advisory that travel is restricted to emergencies only.

In addition, those who must move will have to have a winter survival kit.

Winter storm warnings for Hawaii are unusual, but not impossible,

according to The Associated Press news agency.

The island has mountain peaks that reach almost 14,000 feet high (4,200 meters).

According to CNN, the last snowstorm warning issued by the weather service for Hawaii

was more than three and a half years ago in Honolulu.

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The highest peaks in Hawaii's mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, are the only places that snow falls each year.

Temperatures there reach freezing from November to March.

A still image from a video shows the snow on the summit of Mauna Kea.CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAII TELESCOPE / via REUTERS

The Mauna Loa summit was temporarily closed Tuesday night due to high winds and winter conditions, according to the National Park Service.

And Mauna Kea Peak was also covered in snow earlier this week.

The threat of snow in Hawaii comes as the Rocky Mountain places most accustomed to winter weather are close to breaking records for snow-free days.

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Denver's highest temperature on Wednesday reached 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).

"It has been 224 consecutive days since a measurable amount of snow fell in Denver, and the record for the latest date for a first snowfall has just been set, a record that has held since snowfall records began in 1882," Derek said Van Dam, a CNN meteorologist.

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More winter weather is expected elsewhere this weekend

, with forecasts calling for a swath of heavy snow in the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

Source: telemundo

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