Wintry conditions were predicted on Mauna Kea as a snow front brought a cold front across the island chain.

Hawaiian islands could suffer “catastrophic flooding” from a storm system lasting through Tuesday, the National Weather Service told Hawaii.

In some places up to two meter of rain is possible, but from 10 to 15 centimeters is possible.

A storm surge warning was issued for Molokai and Maui Islands.

Landslides are forecast, and in some cases highway closures may result from floods and mudslides, which could cut communities off.

Public schools in Hawaii’s Maui County remained closed on Monday because of the risk of inundation, CNN reported.

Parts of Maui County have already experienced flash flooding and power outages, leading to unsafe conditions, Hawaii Public Schools said Sunday evening.

The heavy rains come days after warnings were put into place about snow and wind on the Big Island highlands, where snowfall was up to a foot in some places.

Hawaii (island)

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Hawaiʻi hə-WY-ee) is the largest island in the United States, located in the state of Hawaii. It is the southeasternmost of the Hawaiian Islands, (wikipedia)

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States federal government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, (wikipedia)


Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. On Earth, (wikipedia)

Hawaii County, Hawaii

Hawaiʻi County is a county in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. It is coextensive with the Island of Hawaii, (wikipedia)