Hawaii Storm Leaves Snow Where It Never Snowed Before

Lower elevations get accumulation in what is believed to be first
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2019 7:31 AM CST
Hawaii Has Snow Where It Never Snowed Before
Black volcanic cinders have a dusting of snow at the Polipoli State Recreation area on the slopes of Haleakala near Kula on the Hawaii island of Maui, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.   (Brent Edwards via AP)

Hawaii may be known for sunny beaches, but it's not that unusual for the state to get snow a few times a year. However, that's usually limited to its highest points, such as Mauna Kea, which rises nearly 14,000 feet in elevation, reports SFGate. Snow rarely is seen below 10,000 feet—until now. A nasty storm has left accumulations at 6,200 feet in the Polipoli State Recreation Area in Maui, which meteorologists believe is the lowest-elevation snowfall ever recorded in the state. The storm also brought gusts of 70mph, and coastal areas are bracing for flooding, reports the AP. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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