Funnel clouds possible in some areas today: Environment Canada

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a weather statement for the following areas, saying funnel clouds could occur today. Conditions are favourable. Read the full statement below.

  • Birch Hills Co. near Eaglesham and Hwy 740
  • Birch Hills Co. near Wanham and Peoria
  • Clear Hills Co. near Chinchaga Wildland Prov. Park
  • Clear Hills Co. near Cleardale Worsley and Cherry Point
  • Clear Hills Co. near Hines Creek and Eureka River
  • Co. of Northern Lights near Dixonville and Cardinal Lake
  • Co. of Northern Lights near Manning and Notikewin Prov. Park
  • M.D. of Big Lakes near High Prairie and Winagami Lake
  • M.D. of Fairview including Fairview Whitelaw and Dunvegan
  • M.D. of Peace including Grimshaw and Berwyn
  • M.D. of Smoky River including Falher McLennan and Guy
  • M.D. of Spirit River including Spirit River and Rycroft
  • Nrn Sunrise Co. near Keppler Creek
  • Nrn Sunrise Co. near Peace River Nampa and Three Creeks
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Bay Tree and Silver Valley
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Moonshine Lake Prov. Park
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Woking

Conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds today.

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