Photos: Gusty winds ‘play’ in the snow

Wind creating snow rollers across the Miami Valley.  (ReportIt photo/Kacy Moore)
Wind creating snow rollers across the Miami Valley. (ReportIt photo/Kacy Moore)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The gusty wind doesn’t mind all the snow.  It loves to play with it creating snow rollers.

The National Weather Service says the nature-made snow creations are rather uncommon, usually seen in hilly areas.

The NWS says the snowballs are formed as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way.

Meteorologist Tara Hastings says the highest gust of wind in recent days was recorded at 48 mph, so it is no wonder that you are sending us photos of the phenomenon to ReportIt.

The NWS says the following conditions are necessary for a snow roller:

  • The ground must be covered by a layer of ice that snow will not stick to
  • The layer of ice must be covered bt wet, loose snow with a temperature near the melting point of ice
  • The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them too fast
  • The ground must have a slope, at least where the snow rollers start rolling
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