Thursday Practice Tornado Drills. More White Stuff This Weekend

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This afternoon will be hot, and combined with the strong wind, the dry air and fuels, flawless weather for fire ignition, its rapid spread, and a high difficulty bringing under control.

According to the release, storms could move through the area around 11 p.m. and last until 1 a.m., bringing the threat of high winds and hail.

Meteorologists predicted a high chance for damaging winds and a slight possibility of hail and tornadoes. The tornado moving at 90 miles per hour downed trees and lines in the southwestern part of the county, no injuries were reported.

As of 9:12 a.m. this morning, the Red Flag Warning was in effect until 8 p.m. for gusty winds and low relative humidity.

The area will experience showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m.

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"It's our opportunity to practice having students be prepared for severe weather if it were to happen, because it's definitely a reality here in Wisconsin", said Patterson. "The activation is tied to a tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service". Thursday, schools, businesses, and families took part in a statewide tornado drill.

April tornadoes are relatively rare, with just 1.2 reported on average, according DNR records.

Be sure to have means of getting weather alert either with a weather radio or the Action News 5 First Alert Weather app.

The snow emergency has been declared in anticipation of the latest winter snowstorm forecast by the National Weather Service.