FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — You may have heard that the upper Midwest, the Rockies and even parts of Canada had to deal with fierce winds this week.
But, did you know that some residentes in Saskatchewan woke up to what looked like snowballs all over?
This may sound crazy but Saskatchewan had perfect conditions for snow rollers.
Snow rollers are basically snowballs made by nature.
Sometimes when you are up close to them, they look like cinnamon rolls.
Snow rollers are actually pretty rare due to the unique combination of snow, wind, temperature and the amount of moisture needed to create them.
They form when the surface layer of snow is light, loose and wet or the perfect snowman-making snow.
The wind has to be strong to create the lift needed to roll the snow but not too strong, otherwise it’ll fall apart.
This particular day, wind gusts were around 50 to 70 mph.
Once snow rollers get going, they can pick up ice and even other materials along the way.
The sizes vary from small snowballs to several feet in diameter if they can keep rolling in a large field.
It’s a pretty cool phenomenon that not many people have had the opportunity of seeing.