Have you ever heard of a snow roller? Check out the weather phenomenon happening in central Ohio!

Author: Kristy

Snow Rollers Form In Central Ohio

Monday January 27, 2014 7:05 AM
UPDATED: Monday January 27, 2014 7:09 AM


A 10TV viewer says her property is experiencing a weather phenomenon.    Cathy Holley from Pleasantville in Fairfield County sent 10TV a picture of snow rollers forming in her field.

Holley says dozens of ‘snow rollers’ can be seen across her 10 acres of property.  They are chunks of snow formed by the wind, and are considered a rare meteorological phenomenon because perfect conditions must be in place for the rollers to form.

According to Wikipedia, the following conditions are needed for snow rollers to form:

  •     The ground must be covered by a layer of ice to which snow will not stick.
  •     The layer of ice must be covered by wet, loose snow with a temperature near the melting point of ice.
  •     The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them apart.

Snow rollers are more common in hilly areas, but the precise nature of the conditions required makes them a very rare phenomenon.

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