Weather phenomenon gets rolling in Ohio

Snow rollers in Ohio (CNN/WBNS)

PLEASANTVILLE, Ohio (CNN/WBNS) — A weird weather phenomenon in Ohio is caught on camera: odd-shaped snowballs known as snow rollers.

They come in all shapes and sizes, some solid, some have holes.

They’re chunks of snow that catch your eye along the side of the road, as if someone was trying to roll up a big snowball.

Well, no human hands touched these. They were all made by Mother Nature.

“I’ve never seen one before until you pointed them out,” said Columbus resident Mary Bruney.

Snow rollers are rare weather phenomenon where strong winds blow chunks of snow.

And it’s much to the amazement of those who have never seen it before.

“I heard about it on the news this morning, and I thought, ‘I wonder what that is.  It’s neat,’” said Columbus resident Karen Barnett.

We found this frontyard in Fairfield County with dozens and dozens of snow rollers.

They’re even sometimes called snow doughnuts, for good reason.

In the end, it’s quite a sight much like a hay bail that sits in the field during the summer — only this is winter.

“Like a bunch of tumble weeds — Ohio tumble weeds,” said Bruney.

It’s a rare sight only Mother Nature could love. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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