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Funnel clouds a possibility in southwestern Manitoba

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Enjoy it while you can: Calvin Bilsky on his way to work  rides over the Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge on the 7th annual Bike to Work Day. Thunderstorms and more rain are in the forecast.

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Enjoy it while you can: Calvin Bilsky on his way to work rides over the Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge on the 7th annual Bike to Work Day. Thunderstorms and more rain are in the forecast. Photo Store

Conditions are ripe for the development of funnel clouds in southwestern Manitoba later today, according to Environment Canada.

"A weak low pressure system drifting over Western Manitoba will provide favourable conditions for the development of funnel clouds this afternoon. Several funnel clouds were reported in Saskatchewan (Thursday) as the low moved through that province," Environment Canada said in a weather advisory.

"These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado."

Communities that fall under the weather advisory include Brandon, Carberry, Treherne, Dauphin, Roblin, Winnipegosis, Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou, Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Russell, Riding Mountain National Park, Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa, Gladstonek, Virden and Souris.

Environment Canada will issue warnings if they are warranted.

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Updated on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:45 AM CDT: Adds photo

11:45 AM: Updates with full writethru

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