Wacky weather hits the viewing area

FILE - Viewer submitted photo shows a cold air funnel spotted just east of Pine Village, Ind. on May 16, 2014. (WLFI Report!t Photo)
FILE - Viewer submitted photo shows a cold air funnel spotted just east of Pine Village, Ind. on May 16, 2014. (WLFI Report!t Photo)

WARREN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A cold air funnel has been sighted in the News 18 viewing area Friday. Other residents report experiencing odd weather, like sleet and ice, in their counties.

Viewer submitted photo shows sleet and ice covering roads in Benton County. (WLFI Report!t Photo)

Spotters in Warren County said they saw a funnel cloud one mile west of Pine Village moving east. News 18’s Meteorologist Cameron Hopman said it was not a tornado, it was a cold air funnel.

Hopman said the emergency sirens were set off in surrounding counties as a precautionary measure, but there are no tornado warnings issued from the National Weather Service.

As of noon Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed the conditions were right for severe thunderstorms and cold air funnels to form. NWS said these cold air funnels form in deep, cold-core, large-scale, low pressure systems and are smooth and narrow. These funnel clouds normally protrude a few hundred feet downward from the parent clouds, rotate or spin like a top, and last a few minutes before dissipating.

NWS said it is rare that these circulations reach the ground. They said cold air funnels cause only minor damage.

According to NWS, more small funnel clouds are possible over central Indiana Friday. Officials said warnings will be issued if any of them touch the ground.

Viewers are also reporting sleet and ice coming down in northern counties of the News 18 viewing area. Use caution on the roadways, multiple law enforcement agencies are working slide-offs due to slippery conditions.

Stay tuned to News 18 for the latest on weather from where you live.

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