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7 Phenomenal Natural World Wonders

March 25, 2013

Snow Rollers

Anthony, Kan.

Anthony, Kan.

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Snow rollers from Winter Storm Rocky on Feb. 26, 2013. (Photo credit: Lucinda Gates via NWS-Wichita)

  • Anthony, Kan.
  • Clearwater, Kan.
  • Craigmont, Idaho
  • Bismarck, Ark.
  • Parkersburg, W.V.
  • Norwood, N.Y.
  • Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Twin Falls, Idaho

Snow rollers are most common in hilly or mountainous terrain. They form when strong winds pick up moist snow and blow it along the ground, eventually building a cylinder of snow, which is often hollow in the middle.  When the snow roller grows too large for the wind to propel it farther, it stops. Resembling spilled Cheerios on their side or rolls of toilet paper, Mother Nature's snowballs can become as large as barrels. 


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