Unstable conditions set in for Easter weekend

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A wet and at times windy trade wind pattern is moving over the islands as a transient upper-level disturbance will bring heavier showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds for the eastern half of the state. Currently, a flood watch and wind advisory is posted for Maui County and most of the island of Hawaii, as well as a winter storm warning for the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa peaks. The western half of the state will see cloudy skies and showers. The choppy and wet weather could continue until Easter Sunday before drier trade winds return early next week.

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Don’t expect the best beach weather, with cloudier skies and the threat of showers. A small craft advisory is also in effect for boaters in waters off Oahu downwind through Maui County to the island of Hawaii. The surf will be small but there will be some waves, with slightly above normal surf for the southern shores. A series of small swells from the northwest will maintain small waves on the north and west coasts, with the east coasts continuing to have choppy waves, thanks to the trade winds.

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