March 14, 2019
Banner Bank Customer Services Representative Kim Julian alerted Waitsburg photographer Bill Rodgers to the presence of "snow rollers" just west of Prescott last week. Rodgers was quick to document the scene.
"A rare sequence of weather events resulted in the formation of snow rollers in many of the fields around Waitsburg on March 7. A freezing rain that evening formed a hard slick crust on top of the previous snow. Later that night, about 2" of wet snow fell, and a 15 mph wind came up. Because the snow could not adhere to the underlying snow because of the ice layer, the wind was able to blow chunks of the fresh wet snow along the ground to form these rollers. They are not all that big (largest about 12" across), but still interesting to see," Rodgers told The Times.