Wisconsin Statewide Tornado Drill to happen Friday

Due to the threat for severe thunderstorms in southern Wisconsin, Wisconsin Emergency Management has moved the drill back one day.
Tornado siren in Reservoir Park in Wausau.
Tornado siren in Reservoir Park in Wausau.(WSAW)
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 5:54 PM CDT
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(WSAW) - The statewide tornado drill will take place Friday, April 21. Originally, it was scheduled for Thursday, April 20, but was postponed due to the potential for severe weather in southern Wisconsin.

The tornado drill is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. During the tests, the National Weather Service will conduct the NOAA Weather Radio tests, which will trigger the alerts on any weather radio device that is active and awaiting severe weather warnings.

Wisconsin Emergency Management made the change to prevent confusion that could happen should the National Weather Service actually need to issue a real severe weather alert Thursday.

Should a threat for severe weather return Friday, the statewide drills would be canceled altogether for this season.

Sirens in the city of Wausau will not sound as its test took place on Monday.

Click here to download our WSAW First Alert Weather App for your smartphones today, as this will keep you informed of any and all severe weather events that may happen near your area throughout the seasons.