According to Environment Canada, conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds today for Winnipeg and surrounding areas.
The threat of thunderstorms and funnel clouds will diminish later this afternoon. As of 12:00 p.m. there are no watches are warnings yet.
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.
If conditions become more favourable for the development of landspout tornadoes, watches and warnings will be issued by Environment Canada.
Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous. They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances.
Environment Canada encourages people to treat any funnel cloud sighting seriously. If a funnel cloud develops nearby, people should prepare to take shelter. These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning.