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Funnel cloud spotted over Polk County

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Multiple viewers sent us photos of what appears to be a funnel cloud that was spotted over Lakeland and Mulberry on Saturday. 

The funnel-shaped cloud appears to have formed as a cold front moved through the area this afternoon.

Although these types of clouds can look a bit scary, it’s a fairly common phenomenon, according to Storm Team 8 meteorologist Ian Oliver. 

“These can happen in unstable air masses following cold fronts, which is exactly what we had going on today. They look menacing, just like a tornado, but only very rarely reach the ground or do any damage,” Ian said. 

The cold front, which has already dropped to the south, brings a chance for rain and cooler air on St. Patrick’s Day. 

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