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Funnel cloud alerts over southern Sask. Sunday afternoon

People in Saskatchewan looked to the skies and posted photos to social media after Environment Canada issued alerts for possible funnel cloud development over southern Saskatchewan Sunday afternoon.

Environment Canada says funnel cloud spotted near Southey, issued alerts for Regina, Estevan, Weyburn

Twitter user Mike Bott says he snapped this photo of a possible funnel cloud south of Southey, Sask. close to 12:30 CST Sunday. (Mike Bott)

When Environment Canada alerts people in Saskatchewan to the possibility of swirling air and funnel clouds, people take to social media with photos from their neck of the woods. 

That's what happened Sunday afternoon. 

Environment Canada began issuing alerts for areas over southeast Saskatchewan, including Moose Jaw, Regina, Estevan, Weyburn and Assiniboia early in the afternoon Sunday.

The federal forecaster said people in those areas could expect conditions would be 'favourable for the development of funnel clouds' Sunday. It said a surface trough in the southern part of the province could lead to thunderstorms, funnel clouds and landspouts.

Funnel cloud reported near Southey

Further Environment Canada alerts included a note that a funnel cloud was reported near Southey early Sunday afternoon. The weather alert went on to explain what type of clouds could be expected. 

"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," the Environment Canada alert said. "However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado."

The alert also asked people to treat all funnel cloud sightings as serious, and says people should prepare to take shelter if they see one. 

Anyone who wants to report severe weather is asked to call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca, or Tweet reports using the hashtag #SKStorm on Twitter.