Funnel cloud advisory issued for parts of southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg

Weather conditions in parts of southern Manitoba will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds on Tuesday, Environment Canada says.

The weather agency issued a funnel cloud advisory for several parts of southern Manitoba, including the city of Winnipeg.

The funnel cloud advisory has also been issued for the following communities:

  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall and Woodlands.
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild and Carman.
  • Dugald, Beausejour and Grand Beach. 
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona and Morris. 
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Emerson, Vita and Richer.

These types of funnel clouds are created by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms, the advisory said. 

While that weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground, there is a chance the rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.

A map of Manitoba with a section highlighted in orange.
A funnel cloud advisory has been issued for parts of southern Manitoba. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

If conditions become more favourable for landspout tornadoes to develop, Environment Canada said it will issue watches and warnings.

Those kinds of tornadoes don’t normally cause significant damage, but they can still be dangerous and strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances, the advisory said.

The weather agency advised people to treat funnel cloud sightings seriously and prepare to take shelter if one develops nearby. Funnel clouds typically appear with little or no warning, it said.

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