SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — A blizzard warning was issued in Hawaii on Friday that will start in the evening and last until Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said up to 12 inches of snow or more is possible with winds gusting over 100 mph on the Big Island Summits.

Is it normal to see snow in Hawaii?

“Yes, although only on top of the highest peaks on Maui and the Big Island. Every winter, storm systems bring frequent snow storms to elevations generally above 11,000 feet. This means that only Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are impacted. Many times these snowstorms are accompanied by strong winds, resulting in significant drifting of snow and blizzard conditions,” the National Weather Service said.

As of Friday morning, Hawaii and Alaska were the only two states in the U.S. to have blizzard warnings.

In Alaska, where snow is common, there are currently several blizzard warnings in effect. In November, much of the state was colder than normal, with some areas close to record cold levels.

“A strong storm will approach Alaska this weekend that will bring heavy snow, blizzard conditions and bitterly cold temperatures,” said the NWS.

Across the Lower 48 in the United States, snow has been in short supply including around Siouxland.

To this point in the season, Sioux City has only received about a half an inch of accumulating snow. Usually we’ve received over 4 inches of snow through early December. We’ve experienced very dry conditions throughout the majority of 2021 and drought persists.

A small snow chance is in the cards for us next Tuesday. For the latest on Siouxland’s Most Accurate Forecast, visit here.