HONOLULU — 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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