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Statewide tornado drills today in Minnesota and Wisconsin

There's no severe weather in the forecast, but you may hear severe weather sirens today as statewide tornado drills will be held in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

There's no severe weather in the forecast, but you may hear severe weather sirens today as statewide tornado drills will be held in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The National Weather Service, along with emergency management agencies in the two states, will conduct the drills this afternoon, along with a second drill this evening for some Minnesota counties. Here is a timeline for how the Northland will be affected (times subject to change):

1 p.m. - Weather Service issues a simulated tornado watch for Minnesota and Wisconsin

1:45 p.m. - Weather Service issues a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties; cities and counties will activate sirens.

1:50 p.m. - Weather Service issues a simulated tornado warning for Northwestern Wisconsin; cities and counties will activate sirens.

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2 p.m. - end of afternoon drill

6:55 p.m - a second simulated tornado warning will be issued for 73 Minnesota counties, including Lake, Cook, Koochiching, Crow Wing and Pine, as a test for people at home and for second-shift workers. Sirens will sound again in participating counties. The second drill will NOT take place in St. Louis, Itasca, Aitkin and Carlton counties.

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