Lā 269: Wintry island weather this weekend

KITV 4 Posted: Dec 19, 2015 8:43 AM HST Updated: Dec 19, 2015 8:45 AM HST By Moanike'ala Nabarro

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HONOLULU -
Whipping winds, wet weather and freezing rain is popping up in this weekend's forecast.

According to the National Weather Service, strong high pressure north of the state will keep a windy east- northeast trade wind flow in place through the weekend.

A wind advisory is in effect for all islands until 6 p.m. Saturday. East winds will be moving through at 15 to 30 miles an hour, gusts as high as 55 miles an hour.

Strong sustained winds can make driving difficult and could bring down tree branches and damage roofs.

Gale warnings and small craft advisories are also in place for the islands as a result of strong winds.

A high surf advisory is in effect for east shores until 6 p.m. Monday. Inexperienced surfers and swimmers should exercise caution.

Rough surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents make entering the water hazardous. Beach goers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials. When in doubt, do not go out, NWS said.

An upper level disturbance passing over the Big Island summits will result in light freezing drizzle and freezing fog above 12000 feet in elevation through a Saturday evening. The freezing rain may change over to rain this afternoon as temperatures hover near or slightly above the freezing mark, NWS reports.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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