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'Snow Roller' Sculptures Being Created by Blustery Winter Winds

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 11:21 AM

By Clyde Hughes

A flurry of snow rollers – snow and ice sculptures created by blustery winds – have popped up in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

The formations often take the shape of doughnuts and hollow tubes, created by sticky snow and strong wind, reported LiveScience.com. Snow rollers, like a cartoon snowballs going downhill, grow layer by layer as they're rolled along by the wind.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland told the Mansfield News-Journal that if snow rollers happen at all, this would be the time of the year they tend to occur.

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"It doesn't happen very often," said Martin Thompson, a hydro meteorologist technician with the Cleveland weather service office.

Janice Ford told the News-Journal that she found snow rollers in her back yard and in a nearby field in  Lexington, Ohio.

"Some are the size of basketballs," Ford said to the News-Journal. "It looks like there were little elves out here throwing snowballs because there are so many."

LiveScience.com reported Monday that snow rollers were a big hit on social media this week.

The Daily Record, in Wooster, Ohio, also shared pictures of snow rollers dominating a field in north central Ohio.

WBNS-TV in Columbus also showed off pictures of how big the snow rollers can get, including a photo of one next to a soda can.

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