Rare severe weather event strikes Hawaii

A low aloft over the Hawaiian Islands was responsible for bringing rare severe weather Monday afternoon.

The storms produced small hail, flash flooding, and even multiple waterspouts.

Along with the frequent lightning, flash flooding was an issue with some areas receiving over 3 inches of rain in a 12-hour period. On the Big Island, Highway 190 south of Kamuela, was temporarily closed due to water and debris crossing the road.

This same storm prompted winter weather advisories for Mouna Kea and Mauna Loa (above 8,000 feet) where snow, freezing drizzle, and fog have created dangerous driving conditions in the mountains.

Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are possible by Wednesday morning.

The low that caused this severe weather is slowly weakening and moving off to the southeast. As it does so, an area of high pressure will build in from the northeast, bringing an end to any severe weather threat. (AccuWeather)

 

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