Partly to mostly cloudy skies will prevail statewide today into Thursday, with increasing showers…at least locally. The thick plume of multi-layered clouds that loomed just south of the state yesterday, has now migrated back northwards over us. This will keep our sunshine limited, and introduce some showers into our weather picture over the next couple of days. The bulk of this rainfall will focus over the Big Island and Maui County, with fewer showers elsewhere across the state. The models suggest the return of more classic trade wind conditions Friday into the weekend, with drier conditions in general. As noted above, those trades will likely slip away towards the middle of next week, as another cold front works its way into our area.”

STILL THERE? - The Mauna Kea summit telescope is somewhere toward the middle of this image. Click to enlarge (but that likely won't help much). (Photo Courtesy CFHT)

STILL THERE? – The Mauna Kea summit telescope is somewhere toward the middle of this image. Click to enlarge (but that likely won’t help much). (Photo Courtesy CFHT)

On the Big Island, the big question is “Mountain? What Mountain?” The 9 a.m. weather readings showed a temperature of 30 degrees, and intermittent heavy snow. There is a blizzard warning for Big Island summits with snow and ice accumulations and freezing fog. They are expecting 5-8 inches of snow and wind gusts over 85 MPH – the equivalent of a strong Category One  hurricane.