Spring-like weather whips up winter waterspouts in Md.

This isn't what you expect to see in February when looking out your backyard in Maryland.

Some Maryland residents witnessed very un-winterlike weather Friday afternoon as waterspouts swirled across the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

WUSA9 viewer Ken Robinson shared an impressive photo from near Swan Point, Md. in southern Charles County. In it, you can see a large, gray cloud looming over the swirling funnel that’s dipping into the Potomac River.

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RELATED: How the waterspouts formed

Another viewer, Cindy Beckler, shared photos from Lexington Park looking toward the Chesapeake Bay. One of the pictures shows several funnels, but only one fully formed waterspout.

WUSA9 Chief Meteorologist Topper Shutt explained that waterspouts are simply tornadoes over the water. But they’re not normal this time of year.

The waterspouts formed during Friday afternoon’s storms ahead of a cold front, which is expected to bring snow, a wintry mix and rain the D.C. metro area.

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