Tornado watch issued for Douglas County

Severe weather safety 2 statewide tornado drills scheduled for Thursday AprilĀ 12

Severe weather safety 2 statewide tornado drills scheduled for Thursday AprilĀ 12

Locals are encouraged to watch and be prepared for severe weather.

The record precipitation total on April 12 was 1.41 inches in 1991. In addition, there's a possibility of an isolated tornado, although at this time that chance appears low.

However, twisters can occur anytime, anywhere.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning with a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Chequamegon Bay area continuing through Monday morning at 7 a.m. First Alert Weather Days are created to give you an early notification about the possibility of severe weather in your area.

The tornado watch is in effect because the thunderstorms expected from the system can produce tornadoes suddenly, sometimes with little or no warning.

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"The outdoor warning system in Dane County is fully automated", explained Dave Janda, the assistant director of Dane County Emergency Management Services.

Oh, and before the late-season snowstorm and cold temps hit, the area will likely be getting rain and thunderstorms through the day Friday. It will be issued as a test of family preparedness in the home and for second shift workers. Colder air will begin to move into central Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening, changing the precipitation to snow across central and western Minnesota.

New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

The weather service is predicting a line of severe storms rolling over northeast Florida from the west around mid-afternoon to early evening. The southeastern part of Minnesota, including Rochester and Winona, is not in the watch area, but can expect rain, the weather service said.

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