The entire state of Hawaii remains under a flash flood watch because of the lingering threat of heavy rains. Maui appears to be getting the worst of it this morning with more than 2 inches an hour falling in some areas.
Besides the rain, forecasters say 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall on Hawaii island summits, which remain under a winter weather advisory. The flood watch and winter weather advisory remain in effect through this afternoon.
A weather system over the state is destabilizing the atmosphere and enhancing the usual tradewind showers with the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms continuing over all islands at least through this afternoon, and likely through Saturday.
Radar showed 3 to 5 inches an hour falling over east Maui early this morning. Forecasters issued a flash flood warning for east Maui, which was lifted at about 7 a.m. But the entire island remains under a flood advisory. Forecasters said clouds, with rain falling at a rate of more than 2 inches an hour, stalled near Waihee. Other areas under the advisory include Waiehu, Napili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Kaanapali, Honolua, Honokowai and Honokohau.
Heavy rains also fell in the Hilo and Puna areas on Hawaii island early this morning and a small craft advisory is in effect for Hawaiian coastal waters. There have been a lot of flood warnings lately, as it is that time of year.
Forecasters say the threat of heavy rain should ease by Sunday. However, the weather system in the upper atmosphere will remain in the area through the next week, possibly bringing a wet start to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum meetings that start Tuesday.
You may not be able to get outside this weekend, so make other plans if it is wet and rainy. Here are some ideas for things to do in Hawaii when it rains.