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Posted at 9:39 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006

Big Island could get a foot of snow

Associated Press

National Weather Service forecasters yesterday said high summits on the Big Island could pack as much as a foot of snow through Friday.

The service issued a winter storm warning, saying there will be significant snowfall on the Big Island summits.

The storm is originating from a cold low pressure northwest of the state and a stream of deep atmospheric moisture, according to the weather service. It will bring a mix of rain and snow to higher elevations across the islands.

On Monday, the summit of Haleakala National Park on Maui experienced sustained 70 mph gusts, hail and ice. The wind chill at the 10,000-foot summit reached minus-2 degrees.

The weather service said the new storm should bring snow to Haleakala.

The winter storm warning will be in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.