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Unstable weather rolled through southern Manitoba without incident Wednesday afternoon, but the region is not out of the woods yet.

While Environment Canada indicates tornado warnings have ended for the region, a tornado watch remains in place for Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Whiteshell, Pinawa, Sprague, Lac Du Bonnet and the surrounding areas.

Several images of funnel clouds forming in the sky surfaced on social media Wednesday afternoon, as the system tracked through south Winnipeg into the outlying rural communities.

Natalie Hasell, warning preparedness meteorologist at Environment Canada, says the watches remain in effect due to the instability of conditions in the area, adding that she has no confirmation of any tornados touching down Wednesday afternoon.

Along with the tornado watch, a severe thunderstorm watch remains for most of the region.

A cold front tracking across southern Manitoba will trigger thunderstorms as it moves southeastward across the region. A few of these thunderstorms can bring large hail, strong winds and heavy downpours.

Environment Canada asks the public to monitor conditions during the weather watch, and to take immediate safety precautions if threatening weather approaches.


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Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT: Adds picture.

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