Tropical paradise? Parts of Hawaii under a blizzard warning

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HONOLULU ― Sometimes, the Aloha State is just too chill.

The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures in the 30s at the peaks of the state's two tallest peaks: Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

The islands of Hawaii are being hammered with extreme weather, causing the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning for the Big Island's highest peaks early Wednesday morning.

Denver has received a total of 7.9 inches so far in 2017.

The warning is in effect through Thursday night. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely risky. "If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you".

Despite the surprising juxtaposition of a blizzard in a tropical paradise, snow is hardly a rarity on the Big Island.

The only other area of Hawaii that gets snow with any regularity is the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, which at about 10,000 feet gets snow once every five years or so.

As much as people only want to imagine the Aloha State as a place with crystal clear beaches and permanently ideal weather, snow is not uncommon on Hawaii's Big Island.

Big Island Video News cites an advisory by Maunakea Rangers stating that the road to Mauna Kea's 13,803-foot summit is closed to the public "due to continuing blizzard-like, white-out conditions on the summit". The highest mountains on the island are nearly 14,000 feet high, plenty tall for snow at the peaks.

Meanwhile, Chicago, infamous for brutal winters, hasn't recorded any snow for the months of January and February for the first time in 146 years, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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