Snow rollers invade northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND - Due to the extreme cold and snowy weather, a rare phenomenon has popped up in yards across northeast Ohio.

WEWS Meteorologist Jason Nicholas said the little nature-made snowballs are called "snow rollers." They are very rare and are created by unique weather conditions.

IMAGES: Snow rollers in NE Ohio 

"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," Nicholas explained. "Then the winds picked up basically rolling the snow like a snow ball."

Strong winds are required to create snow rollers to form and push the snowballs along. Some common shapes that snow rollers take are balls, donuts and even jelly rolls. Although snow rollers look like snowballs, they are not tightly packed. They are usually not sturdy enough to pick up or hold.
 

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