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Parts Of Hawaii Are Enjoying A White Christmas Following A Blizzard Warning

Temperatures bounced back to almost 60 degrees by 8 a.m., though.

Posted on December 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Two of the largest mountain peaks on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, were dusted with snow just in time for Christmas morning.

The snow arrived following a blizzard warning issued on Christmas Eve.

Snow on the mountains isn’t exactly uncommon, but for it to reach blizzard level is very unusual, the Associated Press reported.

The snow didn’t last too long though.

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.
AP Photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hollyn Johnson

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.

It reached 57 degrees by 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.
AP Photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hollyn Johnson

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park issued closures in response to the snow storm, however.

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.
AP Photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hollyn Johnson

Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“Take these closures seriously,” Park management wrote on Facebook. “Earlier this year, park rangers rescued a backcountry hiker stranded in a blizzard for two nights.”

NOTE: This photo was taken at Mauna Loa at the beginning of last year during a similar snow storm.
Alex Sverdlov / Via Facebook: hawaiivolcanoes

NOTE: This photo was taken at Mauna Loa at the beginning of last year during a similar snow storm.

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