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Blizzard Warning: Hawaii. World record snowfall: Italy

3 to 6 inches of snow to blast big island Thursday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Are you dreaming of Hawaii? Your dreams may be buried in disappointment if you're planning on visiting the big island Thursday.

A rare blizzard warning has been issued for a small part of our 50th, most tropical state. Yes, you read correctly; a blizzard warning.

Hawaii, which is the only state in the union that grows by the day, is also the worlds tallest mountain when going from the sea floor to the peak.  Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa soar to over 13,000 feet, above sea-level, at it's summits allowing for snow to occasionally dust the ground.

Thursday's snow event is different however. The National Weather Service is calling for up to 5 inches of snow and winds up to 65 mph with temperatures in the mid 20s.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occuring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. 

WORLD RECORD SNOWFALL?

The United States isn't the only country reeling from a paralyzing winter. Italy, home of ze meatball, Coliseum and da Vinci may also be home to a new world record snowfall: 100 inches in just 18 hours. 

Boston, quit complaining about that mere dusting you got this winter over the course of months. Pfft, they way you guys talk, I thought you got a blizzard or something. 

According to The Washington Post, 100.8 inches may have fallen in the town of Capracotta, Italy, which is approximately 136 miles east-southeast of Rome. If verified by the World Meteorological Organization, it would bury the old 24-hour record of 90.6 inches set at Mount Ibuki, Japan on Valentine's Day, 1927. 

The current 24-hour US record is 75.8 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado, located west of Boulder near the Arapaho National Forest in April of all months, 1921.

The full story on the possible world record can be read HERE.