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The storm is bringing snow, sleet, ice and heavy winds.

December 02, 2016

The National Weather Service issued a severe snowstorm warning through Saturday evening local time in parts of the Big Island of Hawaii. Yes, you read that right: Hawaii.

“A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow...sleet...and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible,” the National Weather Service wrote in a warning.

Meteorologists first predicted that elevations above 8,000 feet on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea could see as much as 12 inches of snow Thursday, a CBS affiliate reported. The National Weather Service reported early Friday morning that the snowfall between Thursday and Saturday could accumulate as high as 30 inches of snow—up to 2.5 feet.

While snow on this part of the Big Island of Hawaii is not uncommon and usually occurs a handful of times per year, the amount of snow is unusual.

A low-pressure system caused the rare Hawaii snowstorm that forced the closure of trails near the mountains, according to meteorologists.

“An upper-level low-pressure area is situated over Hawaii, directing deep tropical moisture over the state,” Matthew Foster, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, told the Washington Post.

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