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Snow on Mauna Kea in 1999. Photo: Joe McNally/Getty Images

The National Weather Service issued a rare blizzard warning for the Big Island Summits in Hawaii on Friday.

Driving the news: There are no other winter storm warnings or blizzard warnings in the continental U.S at the moment.

Our thought bubble: Snow is common at the highest elevations of the Big Island, and the Weather Service issues winter storm and blizzard warnings for higher elevations due to the presence of scientists who work there studying space, the atmosphere and other fields, per Axios' Andrew Freedman.

  • But such warnings are rare, however, and indicate the presence of a significant storm that is likely ruining the vacation plans of many travelers at sea level, where heavy rain is likely,

The warning will begin at 6 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) and continue to 6 A.M.

  • There is an expected 12 inches or more of snow with winds over 100 mph.
  • The warning is for the Big Island Summits, which include Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

The big picture: Snow falls at Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea whenever there is a cold front or heavy rains due to the high elevation of both summits, per the Weather Channel.

What they're saying: "Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility," the warning reads.

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D.C. snowplow map labels snowy streets as serviced

Street at Duke Ellington School of the Arts claimed to have been recently plowed. Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

The District debuted a new live map of its snowplows this winter. But residents are startled over streets the map claims have been serviced but are still covered in snow.

Driving the news: Across town, residents on Tuesday found side streets covered in ice and snow — even sometimes when the map reported a snowplow had been there mere hours earlier.

Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Biden speaking from Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 21. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday, citing the outcome of last week's Supreme Court ruling that nullified the administration's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

Why it matters: It's a blow to President Biden's efforts to increase the U.S.' vaccination rates, though much of the federal workforce has already been vaccinated against the virus.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
  5. Variant tracker