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Hawaii: Disruptively wet, windy weather in store for this weekend

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a close up of a logo: static Hawaii 2/8 © Provided by Accuweather, Inc static Hawaii 2/8 Unsettled weather is expected to overspread Hawaii this weekend, leading to a noticeable cooldown, windier conditions, widespread showers and high-elevation snow.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson, a Kona Low to the north of the islands will pull a cold front through the region on Saturday. This will suppress high temperatures to about 5 degrees Fahrenheit below average.

"The Kona Low that is currently moving northeastward away from the islands will reverse course and move southward while strengthening on Sunday," Adamson said.

This will significantly disrupt the trade wind pattern over the islands, producing a strong westerly wind instead.

"Winds of 20-30 mph will be common with gusts possibly as high as 60 mph, so some minor wind damage can occur," he warned.

Residents will need to take care to secure outdoor furniture and other items ahead of this weekend's windy weather. High-profile vehicles may not be able to operate, and wind may lead to airline and ferry delays through Monday as well.

Rough surf is expected to develop on west- and north-facing beaches, and coastal flooding can also develop. Anyone hoping to head to the beach or out on the water this weekend should consider rescheduling their plans.

Rain can also be expected in typically dry areas, leading to slick roads at the onset of the heaviest precipitation on Sunday. As showery weather continues for multiple days, ponding can occur on roadways, slowing down traffic and leading to further delays.

While the threat for mudslides, washouts and flash flooding is relatively low in densely populated areas, anyone hiking, camping or traveling on secondary roads should be wary of these hazards.

Those heading off the beaten path should also be aware of the potential for winter weather atop the volcanoes. Proper clothing and camping equipment will be necessary for the colder conditions.

Download the free AccuWeather app for the latest forecast, and pay attention to local warnings, advisories and officials.

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