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
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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)
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(Newser) – 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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