High wind warning extended for Big Island summits
A high wind warning has been extended for the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa summits through 6 p.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu forecast west winds of 50 mph to 75 mph with gusts topping 85 mph for areas above 8,000 feet in elevation.
The Mauna Kea Access Road was closed as of 8 p.m. Sunday at the Visitor Information Station because of the high winds, according to the Mauna Kea Weather Center. The current temperature at the summit is 33.1 degrees.
A high wind warning means that winds at the summit are expected to be at least 56 mph with gusts topping 60 mph, according to the service. The service cautioned that travel to the summit should be delayed until winds subside.