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.
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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