It’s a White Christmas – in Hawaii

Mountains will remain snow-capped for a day or two

This Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. While snow on the mountains is common, a blizzard with significant accumulation is unusual. (AP Photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hollyn Johnson)
This Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo shows a dusting of snow on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. While snow on the mountains is common, a blizzard with significant accumulation is unusual. (AP Photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hollyn Johnson)

HONOLULU (AP) — A rare blizzard that dusted two island mountaintops gave tourists and residents in Hawaii a white Christmas.

The blizzard has eased, but strong winds are blowing the snow around on two Big Island summits. While snow on the mountains is common, a blizzard is unusual.

The National Weather Service canceled a blizzard warning Thursday morning for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

Weather service meteorologist Norman Hui says the mountains will remain snow-capped for a day or two before the powder melts.

Hui says a high wind warning for the summits will likely be canceled later Thursday.

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