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Winter winds bring snow rollers

1/30/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

GREEN — Snowy conditions combined with fluctuating temperatures and winds created the unique phenomenon of snow rollers in the past week throughout the Akron area.

Shown above and below, these snow rollers were formed in the field adjacent to the Retirement Residence of Green on Town Crossing.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), snow rollers are formed when the ground surface is an icy, crusty snow on which falling snow cannot stick. After an inch or so of loose, wet snow accumulates, strong winds scoop out chunks of snow. Once the initial “seed” of the roller is formed, it begins to roll and picks up additional snow. NWS officials said the formation of snow rollers is similar to building a snowman, except the snowballs become more log-shaped and are often hollow, as shown in the photos.

The unique forms were spotted locally Jan. 29 after temperatures dropped recently, including at some Metro Parks, Serving Summit County areas.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Lew Stamp

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