Current Conditions
Temp0.8 C
RH96 %
WindSE 4 mph
RoadOpen (4x4)
MAUNA KEA SUMMIT ROAD CONDITIONS
Road Status: Open (4-Wheel Drive Please)
Comments

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 08:38 a.m.

Aloha,

The road to the summit of Mauna Kea is now open to the public. There is still currently some snow on the mountain and the roadways remain wet. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Big Island Summits and predict more winter weather in the immediate forecast. Conditions have the potential to change rapidly and may cause another road closure depending on the circumstances. This message will be updated as we continue to monitor the weather and safety of the Summit.

Mahalo,

Maunakea Rangers


This announcement is primarily used to inform the public about road closures. Road closures typically occur during winter months due to ice or snow on the road and occasionally for high wind situations. Specific road closure criteria are listed below:

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

There are very few road closures from April 1 through November 30, and this message will not be updated during this time period unless unusual circumstances develop.

The rest of this website is regularly updated with the summit weather forecast and is a useful source of current Mauna Kea weather conditions.



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 Weather via the CFHT/GEMINI WX Tower and SUBARU


Most Recent Previous 24 hours Options

Dec 08 2016, 04:23 HST Minimum Maximum UTC | HST
Temperature 33.4 oF 31.1 oF @ 08:22 36.5 oF @ 14:31 oC | K | F
Wind Chill 29.7 oF 16.4 oF @ 08:28 32.6 oF @ 04:05 oC | K | F
Relative Humidity 96% 59% @ 21:11 97% @ 08:27
Pressure 616 mb 616 mb @ 15:42 618 mb @ 08:41
Wind speed 2 m/s 0 m/s @ 03:59 18 m/s @ 10:48 mph | Kts | m/s
Wind direction VAR

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Precipitation (as of 8 am) 0.00 mm

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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.
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