Midwest Snow Rolls

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These bizarre forms look as if they were delicately sculpted by hand – but in fact, they are the work of blustery winds across the Midwest.

‘Snow rollers’ have started sweeping into yards and fields throughout Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania thanks to the right balance of light snow, firm winds and cold temperatures.

The strange sculptures have since become a hit on Twitter and Facebook as residents across the country have shared photographs of the wispy forms and the fields where they’ve found them.

They are usually not tightly-packed enough to be picked up, but some images on Twitter show people have succeeded in taking them inside, in a bid to preserve their shapes.

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Snow sculptures: Snow rollers dot a field near Oil City in Pennsylvania thanks to the perfect combination of sticky, light snow, strong winds and cold temperatures

Snow sculptures: Snow rollers dot a field near Oil City in Pennsylvania thanks to the perfect combination of sticky, light snow, strong winds and cold temperatures
Jackie Lynn

Kevin Cleary
Stunning: Jackie Lynn captured this snow roller in Ohio, left, which shows the levels of snow. Twitter user Kevin Cleary pulled over to get a shot of another, right

 

Phenomenon: Beth Schmader and her dog, Porsche, deviate from their normal morning walk through the woods to check out the field of snow rollers across the road from her home in Oil City. The funny forms have also been seen in Ohio and Illinois
Phenomenon: Beth Schmader and her dog, Porsche, deviate from their normal morning walk through the woods to check out the field of snow rollers across the road from her home in Oil City. The funny forms have also been seen in Ohio and Illinois

 

According to the National Weather Service, they are formed during the right combination of sticky snow, fairly strong winds and cold temperatures. The wind will blow a small chunk of ice along the ground, leaving it to collect more snow, layer by layer.

While wind helps to form some of the rollers, others are formed by rolling down hill.

Pictures shared on social media reveal tracks left behind the snow rollers after the came to a stop.

‘We had temps near freezing when the snow began – perhaps even a little ice formed on the top at the surface to not allow for the snow to stick and to allow it to roll,’ meteorologist Jason Nicholas told NewsNet5 in Cleveland. ‘Then the winds picked up basically rolling the snow like a snow ball.’

Janice Ford, from Lexington, Ohio, said there were snow rollers in her back yard and in a neighboring field.

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