The Hawaii National Weather Service was forced to issue a shock Winter Weather Advisory alert after freezing rain and ice appeared in areas of the Big Island.
The unusual weather event is incredibly rare and meteorologists have admitted that they have “never seen this before”.
One Hawaiian meteorologist Pete Caggiano told viewers: “Lava flow has actually prompted a winter weather advisory for the summit of the Big Island.
“Lava is entering into the ocean that is creating a lot of steam. As that steam rises up it cools and falls back down as freezing rain and fog.
“I have never seen this before. This has sparked a winter weather warning for above 12,000 ft. There are ice on the roadways so this is creating dangerous conditions.
“This weather is yet another unusual byproduct of this lava flow that continues to emerge.”
According to the official advisory, recent observations from the summit of Mauna Kea, 72 miles from Kilauea, indicate below-freezing temperatures are bringing freezing fog and rain.
Mysterious weather events have struck Hawaii’s Big Island
II have never seen this before
The US Geological Survey admitted yesterday that no-one knows exactly when the month-long lava chaos will end.
Vulcanologists confirmed the month-old eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island has entered a new, quieter calmer phase inside the crater.
The latest update revealed the lava fountains of 200ft are continuing “unabated”.
Strong winds are pushing volcanic emissions – or vog – to smaller islands nearby.
The latest update revealed the lava fountains of 200ft are continuing “unabated”
Vog is a harmful air pollution that results when the sulfur dioxide mixes with oxygen and moisture around the island.
The volcanic disaster is believed to be the most costly and destructive in US history.
More than 400 homes have been destroyed since the eruptions started around a month ago.
The latest lava flow appears to have created nearly a mile of new land off Kapoho Bay , according to officials from the US Geological Survey.