Take shovel break for tornado drill

In may be hard to think about tornadoes during yet another snowstorm, but Minnesota will hold statewide tornado drills today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The drills are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. At those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning.

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. The state set a record of 104 in 2010.

Over in Wisconsin, the tornado drill scheduled for today was postponed because of the threat of actual tornadoes in the southeastern part of the state. The Wisconsin drill now is scheduled for Friday, with a statewide tornado watch issued at 1 p.m. and a statewide tornado warning issued at 1:45 p.m.

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