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While you normally hear of winter snowstorms in some parts of the United States, you don’t normally hear about them in Hawaii.

On Wednesday, residents of the Big Island were treated to heavy rains which brought snow to Mauna Kea.

The winter storm could bring up to 6 inches of snow to Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala.

Apparently, snow in Hawaii is a yearly event according to Ken Rubin, assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii reports Wunderground.

"It snows here every year, but only at the very summits of our three tallest volcanoes (Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala)."

"The snow level almost never gets below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year. It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though."

You can watch a video of the snow on Mauna Kea here.

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Debra Schroeder is a freelance writer and the founder of the Traveling Well For Less blog. You can follow her on Twitter @TravelingWellfl

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