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Summit High Wind Warning, Coastal Wind Advisory

February 8, 2018, 12:54 PM HST
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Snow on Mauna Kea summit, just before sunset on Feb. 7, 2018. PC Renee Collins

The National Weather Service today said a strong north winds aloft will build in over the Big Island as an upper level trough departs to the east and an upper ridge moves in from the west.

Also, breezy north winds along a surface front crossing the islands will bring advisory conditions at the low elevations of the Big Island due to acceleration around the terrain.

A High Wind Warming is in effect for Hawai‘i Island summits until 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

North winds are forecast at 35 to 65 mph with localized gusts over 70 mph through Friday night.

Strong winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Travel to the summits is not advised. Travel to summit areas should be delayed until winds subside.

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A High Wind Warning means that winds at the summits are expected to be at least 56 mph, with gusts over 66 mph.

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Take necessary precautions to protect property.

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