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This Is Just a Test...

The annual statewide tornado drill will be held Tuesday morning, but this year it will be a bit different.

As winter draws to a close later this week, we begin to think about spring and the threat for severe weather. Springtime is well known for its clash of warm and cold air leading to violent storms, some of which can produce tornadoes. It's always important to be prepared and have a plan and Tuesday morning is your chance to put that plan into action.

At 9:45 in the morning, the National Weather Service will be conducting its annual tornado drill in Virginia. This year, for the first time ever, this will be a "live code" drill. This means that the test tornado warning will be sent from the National Weather Service over normal communication channels and NOAA Weather Radio. This test tornado warning will clearly be labeled as a test and will serve as an opportunity for everyone to make sure they have a solid tornado plan in place. A little bit of preparation now could lead to big rewards in the future, if severe weather strikes.


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