‘Roll cloud’ provides surreal visual spectacle Monday morning

Roll clouds are seen in Surry County on Feb. 5, 2018. (Credit: Erica Burns.)

SURRY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A strange-looking cloud provided quite the visual spectacle Monday morning for some in the viewing area.

According to WAVY meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler, the odd feature is known as a roll cloud — which is usually along the leading edge of a cold front or small boundary.

Gallery: ‘Roll cloud’ provides visual spectacle

In the case of Monday, the clouds were along a dying cold front or more of a wind shift line. Surface winds were increasing behind the boundary.

A video shared on Facebook by one viewer showed that the cloud appeared to stretch over a sizeable distance. Other viewers in the Surry County area and in Suffolk captured photos of the phenomenon.

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