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Possible cold-air funnel spotted over Conrad

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GREAT FALLS -

Photos are coming in to the STORMTracker Weather Center of a possible cold-air funnel.

It was spotted just south of Conrad around noon on Friday.

Witnesses tell us that the funnel was very brief and never reached the ground.

Meteorologist Mike Rawlins says cold-air funnels look like a typical funnel cloud, created by very weak shear in the atmosphere.

Cold air funnel clouds are typically very weak and form high up in the sky.

Rawlins says that even though cold-air funnels can connect to the ground, they rarely do, and usually pose little threat to the earth's surface or structures.

These funnel clouds form in shallow cool air masses when winds change direction throughout the atmosphere, causing the air to spin.

They are created in cool air environments, often behind cold fronts.

RELATED: Cold air funnel spotted near Great Falls

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