Mudslides and snow are threatening Hawaii, while residents from North Carolina to Boston can expect their own wet weather on Friday and parts of Maine could see up to a foot of the white stuff.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the mountainous areas of the Big Island starting Thursday and lasting through Saturday evening, predicting up to 4 feet of snow and winds as high as 60 mph at the highest elevations.
Heavy rain falling in lower elevations of all the main Hawaiian islands could cause mudslides, and a flood watch is in effect all Friday and into Saturday.
Meanwhile a winter storm was expected to move out of the Midwest and head to the Northeast.
Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s winter weather:
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island began warning people about the weather in a Facebook post on Thursday, asking them to delay their outdoor adventures.
“Flash flooding is life threatening,” they wrote. “Consider visiting the park when the weather improves.
Those who insist on visiting the park were told to expect last-minute road closures, dangerous driving conditions, falling trees and debris, and lightning.
At the higher elevations, “periods of heavy snow are expected,” the National Weather Service said.
“Once the snow begins, travel to the summits will become extremely dangerous, with roads quickly becoming snow-covered and slippery,” the agency said. “Additionally, gusty winds will produce widespread blowing and drifting snow, as well as near-zero visibility at times.”
A flood advisory is in effect throughout Hawaii until Saturday afternoon, with the weather service warning of landslides in areas with steep terrain and flash flooding in areas already saturated from recent rainfall.
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Winter storm on the move
A large storm that hit the Midwest moves to the northeast on Friday, bringing significant rain from Boston down to North Carolina.
Farther north, from about upstate New York to central Maine, freezing rain could not only create treacherous travel conditions but also topple trees and power lines, said Bob Larson, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
“Ice ups the ante in terms of impacts and problems,” he said.
Meanwhile in northernmost Maine, sometimes heavy snow is expected to dump between 6 to 12 inches, he said.
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