Thursday, March 7th 2019, 3:21 pm - It's rare, but they do happen.
Charlene Capassissit was on the way to the airport in Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec Tuesday when she saw something that made her pull over.
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The video she captured -- featured a near-perfect snow devil -- has since gone viral.
Snow twisters, or snow devils from in a similar fashion to a water spout. When cool air passes over a warmer surface of water and is picked up by wind shear through the rising air it creates rotation.
Snow devils can happen on land as well, far away from water.
In those instances, bright sun heats the ground, creating a warming effect on the updraft air. When mixed with a crosswind, rotation occurs.