Current Conditions
Temp-3.8 C
RH91 %
WindNW 26 mph
RoadClosed
MAUNA KEA SUMMIT ROAD CONDITIONS
Road Status: Closed
Comments

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 05:02 a.m.

Aloha,

The road to the summit is currently closed due to icy and snowy conditions.

Expect further updates as information becomes available.

Mahalo,

VIS Staff



More Information: Mauna Kea weather varies widely. A calm sunny day may quickly become treacherous with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions. Summit winds above 120 mph are not uncommon. Snowstorms have even occurred during the summer months.

When conditions are too dangerous, the Summit Access road is closed at the Visitor Information Station to ensure everyone's safety. The road is re-opened as soon as the weather and the roads are safe again.

Traffic delays and road closures on the summit access road may also occur due to the use and transport of heavy equipment, slow vehicle movements, deliveries, road maintenance, stalled or abandoned vehicles, hikers and bikers. Remember that dust, fog or snow can reduce visibility and slow traffic. Specific road closure criteria is listed below:

1. Any ice or snow on the road.
2. Winds greater than 55 mph for one hour and/or gusts greater than 65 mph.
3. Visibility less than 50 feet.
4. Any emergent condition that makes the road unsafe for travel.

Mahalo for your understanding.


Public road conditions and snow report message: (808) 935-6268
Summit Road Surface Observations

Date - TimeConditionGrip Surface Temperature
Mar 01, 2015 - 0641 HSTSnowPoor -5.6 oC
The conditions above represent a 1 foot diameter section of road on the summit and you should not assume conditions on the rest of the road are the same. For more details, see Summit Road Surface Observations.
Summit Weather via the CFHT/GEMINI WX Tower and SUBARU


Most Recent Previous 24 hours Options

Mar 01 2015, 06:41 HST Minimum Maximum UTC | HST
Temperature -3.7 oC -4.2 oC @ 04:57 0.1 oC @ 12:26 oC | K | F
Wind Chill -12.6 oC -13.6 oC @ 20:00 12.1 oC @ 18:53 oC | K | F
Relative Humidity 91% 89% @ 06:02 97% @ 12:15
Pressure 614 mb 613 mb @ 16:03 615 mb @ 23:20
Wind speed 23 Kts 0 Kts @ 18:53 46 Kts @ 20:00 mph | Kts | m/s
Wind direction NW

dir | deg
Precipitation (as of 8 am) 0.00 mm

mm | inches
Fog Imminent


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Visitor All Sky (Aimed UP)

Gemini Telescope (Aimed South)

UH88 All Sky Camera (Aimed Up)

Check the MKWC Current Obs page for additional weather observations and the MKWC Web Cams page for more mountain cams.
Latest Mountain Warnings and Forecasts

Current MKWC Warning(s) - (Latest Forecast)
Fog/ice, high humidity and flurries
Chance for convection and heavy snow
Current HNL NWS Mountain Bulletin(s) - (Latest Forecast)
Winter Storm Warning/Watch/Advisory
Non-Precipitation Warning
Additional Information

Visiting Mauna Kea Observatories Information
Road is always closed the morning after a snowfall.
Road is always closed while snow removal equipment is in operation.
Road is closed when the pavement has ice/snow.
Snow removal equipment can only remove snow. Thermal heating is needed to remove the final layer of ice that usually forms under the snow.
Other information for visitors to Mauna Kea, including safety, summit tours, and public star-gazing.
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