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Hawaii just got more snow in a day than Chicago has gotten all year

Hawaii’s tallest peaks are currently covered in as many as eight inches of snow — which is eight inches more snow than Chicago has gotten this year.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the city did not record any snow accumulation in January and February for the the first time in 146 years. The city did see a trace amount of snow on Feb. 25 and Jan, 30, but melted before accumulation could be measured.

But on Wednesday evening, Hawaii’s Big Island took the Windy City’s place. The National Weather Service reported that the temperature dropped into the 30s at the peaks of the state’s two tallest mountains: Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Gusts of wind reached up to 65 mph.

It’s not uncommon for snow to fall on the peaks of the nearly 14,000 feet high mountains. In December, more than a foot of snow topped the peaks while the rest of the state experienced heavy rains.

But those not on the mountain shouldn’t fret. Other parts of the state will experience temperatures in the 60s overnight on Wednesday.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.

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