It's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, and despite snow in the forecast for later this week, Wisconsin's statewide tornado drill is expected to continue as planned Thursday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating snow will affect much of the state, including potential blizzard-like conditions in parts of northern Wisconsin.
The drill includes a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m., followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and a second mock tornado warning at 6:45 p.m. that same day.
During those mock warnings, alerts are issued on NOAA weather radios and on TV and radio stations across the state. Many communities will also sound their warning sirens during the drill.
Current policy is to carry forward with the statewide tornado drill unless there is a potential for tornadoes or severe thunderstorms on the scheduled date.
"Participation in the drill is voluntarily. Local governments, schools and businesses should decide whether to proceed based on the current conditions in their area," the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs stated in a news release. "Schools in Wisconsin are required to hold at least one tornado drill during the school year, but there is no requirement that it be done during the statewide drill. Schools that cancel classes Thursday due to weather can reschedule the drill for another time."