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Mauna Kea Snow Forecast

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Weather Forecast for Mauna Kea at 2104 m altitude

issued: 7am 01 Mar 2015 (local time)
Previous weeks

Days 0-3 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Heavy rain (total 60.0mm), heaviest during Tue afternoon. Very mild (max 12°C on Sun morning, min 11°C on Sun morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 4-6 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Heavy rain (total 46.0mm), heaviest during Wed afternoon. Very mild (max 11°C on Wed morning, min 9°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.
Sunday 1 Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6
AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
Wind (km/h)
5 W5
5 NW5
0 NNE0
0 WSW0
0 WNW0
5 ESE5
10 ESE10
10 E10
5 ESE5
5 E5
5 ENE5
5 ENE5
5 ENE5
5 NE5
0 NW0
0 N0
5 NNW5
10 W10
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Snow cm - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rain mm 3 6 9 - 4 6 1 17 14 7 13 11 1 8 1 - 2 3
Max °C 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10
Min °C 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 10 9
WChill °C 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 9 9 10 8
Rel. hum. % 77 87 75 59 83 76 83 87 89 86 91 80 84 89 87 82 83 75
Freezing level (m) 3850 3850 3800 3900 3900 3900 4050 4050 3950 4000 4000 3900 3950 3950 3900 4050 4150 4100
Mauna Kea freezing level scale
snowy slope Mauna Kea freezing level
Sunrise 6:41 - - 6:39 - - 6:39 - - 6:39 - - 6:37 - - 6:37 - -
Sunset - 18:27 - - 18:27 - - 18:27 - - 18:28 - - 18:28 - - 18:28 -
The above table gives the weather forecast for Mauna Kea at the specific elevation of 2104 m. Our sophisticated weather models allow us to provide snow forecasts for the top, middle and bottom ski stations of Mauna Kea. To access the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the table. For a wider view of the weather, check out the Weather Map of United States. Click here to read further information on freezing levels and how we forecast our temperatures.

Visitor Reviews of Mauna Kea

Dean Reinking, LPN from United States writes:

I've given you the history of Mauna Kea, now I'll submit a little about the terrain. When there's decent snowfall (has to get down to the 9,000 - 9'500 elevation), one can find a type of "hardpack" snow. It's not ice, but the winds make the moisture laden snow a style all its own. I've never experienced anything like it in the Rockies. One should have sharpened edges for turns are more tricky and need to be deliberate. As far as falling; mostly it will be a soft landing as the ground underneath is predominantly cinder. You'll generally notice any stray rocks jutting through the snow...BEWARE! ...landing on these (even small rocks) are very dangerous as they're jagged, not rounded and they'll tear right through your winter gear to you flesh. These rock upthrusts are rare, and as I mentioned, you'll be able to see them. The snow warms up once the tropical sun hits the surface making the snow into a spring "corn snow" type, but it's a lot more manageable...fun too! Temperatures can average in the mid-20's to mid-30's (when the sun hits you). Weather conditions can change quickly as small fronts can move in from out of nowhere....I've actually experienced a "white-out" which lasted for about 30 minutes. (The only thing I could do is attempt to point my ski tips downhill...wherever that was at times....you really couldn't see anything..barely even my skis. Yes, it can get dicey when something blows in...you don't know how long it will last. But back to this. In recent years the snowfall has been lacking and what we've been getting doesn't last long....so you have to hit the slopes of Mauna Kea ASAP. We hope this snowfall will improve...weather's a fickle thing in Hawaii...very unpredictable. I don't know of many people that have attempted the slopes of Mauna Loa (sister peak) @ about the same height elevation but more rounded. The few that have said it was really cold, windy, and the skiable snow coverage was lacking with plenty of rocks and debris...not even good for "rock skis." Access is clearly lacking on Mauna Loa and will entail plenty of high elevation hiking. The geography/geology might prove worth that.....bring plenty of water, food, protective clothing for that end....for skiing, I wouldn't recommend it. Dean Reinking, LPN

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