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First snow leaves behind rare meteorological phenomenon

The first major snowfall has come and gone in the Ohio Valley. And it left behind something that's fairly rare -- snow rollers.

The first major snowfall has come and gone in the Ohio Valley.

And it left behind something that's fairly rare -- snow rollers.

What are they?

They’re essentially when snowballs form naturally, as Severe Weather Team 9 Meteorologist Jeff Oechslein explains:

"You basically need the right ingredients to come together in which we saw last night between the hours of midnight and about 4 a.m.,” Oechslein said. “Temps came up to about freezing, so the snow became wet like that packing snow to make snow balls or snowmen, and we also had the wind gusts to push around 30 miles per hour."

When it happens, you'll see little rolled up balls.

"The temperature coming up is key because if it's a dry fluffy snow, it's not going to happen, but when the temps get up to about freezing, the snow gets wet and the snow begins to roll when you have those winds," Oechslein said.

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