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Cold air funnel clouds spotted over East Valley during storms

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 16:32:54-04

MESA, AZ — Residents from around the East Valley reported funnel-cloud like formations during Tuesday's storms.

ABC15 Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo said the formations are known as "cold air funnels."

As an area of low pressure moves in, a combination of cool air and winds flowing in different directions help form these funnels, Iris explained.

PHOTOS: Cold air funnels form over the Phoenix area

The clouds, however, are not tornadoes.

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The storm is expected to bring rain and snow to the state, with snow estimates increasing for the high country.