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Snow rollers spotted across Northeast Ohio
Many people are noticing the unusual product of the unusual weather of the past few days
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
A close up of a snow roller, which resembles a bale of hay.
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A phenomenon known as snow rollers have been popping up in much of Northeast Ohio. They’re curled up, bales of snow formed when the weather gets really cold and only under specific circumstances.

Tom Schmidlin is a geography professor at Kent State University. He said snow rollers are rare because of the combination of temperature and weather needed to form them.

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“It takes just the right combination of the right kind of snow that can actually be rolled and stick together and winds that are strong enough to push it along, but not actually blow it apart,” Schmidlin said. “We do have wet snow sometimes and we have wind sometimes, but that perfect combination seems to come together very rarely.”

Schmidlin says the larger the snow rollers, the stronger the wind had to be to form them.

He says they are can be found in fields, backyards and even on roofs, but they are light so they won’t do damage. 

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