Extremely rare snow phenomenon rolls into Idaho

Extremely rare snow phenomenon rolls into Idaho

Credit: Tim Tevebaugh

These snow rollers, a rare weather phenomenon, were spotted in a hay field near Craigmont, Idaho on March 31, 2009.

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by KING5.com Staff

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 18 at 10:12 AM

CRAIGMONT, Idaho - An extremely rare snow phenomenon showed up in the rolling hay fields of the Southern Idaho Panhandle a couple of weeks ago.

Driving home from work on March 31, Tim Tevebaugh spotted what looked like cylinders of snow. What he actually saw are called snow rollers, which can be created by a rare combination of snow, wind, temperature and moisture.

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They are formed naturally as chunks of light, sticky snow are blown along the ground by strong winds, picking up material along the way. Think of it as nature's way of making a snowball in the same way you would to make a snowman.

Tevebaugh estimates most of them were about 18 inches high while the largest were about two feet tall. They were formed during the day because Tevebaugh says they weren't there when he was driving to work.

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