NWS: Chance of snow, rain after high temps

Tornadoes and hail are possible Saturday as severe storms are expected to move through the New Orleans area

The drill is being conducted by the National Weather Service offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin as they issue mock tornado watches and tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. The southeastern part of Minnesota, including Rochester and Winona, is not in the watch area, but can expect rain, the weather service said.

Following the storms and cold front, Monday's temperatures are expected to be cooler, with highs in the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

"Potentially strong tornadoes", large hail, and severe winds could be headed for Columbia County with a storm cell set to move through the area Friday afternoon, according to forecasters. The squall line is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts, and winds of 30-40 miles per hour.

Besides the obvious refresher, another reason for the tests is because it allows the public to test their weather radios, which can only be activated using a real tornado warning code.

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Tornado Warning: Take Action!

A Tornado Watch is now in effect for much of the KQ2 viewing area.

Unfortunately, the storms did not bring widespread rainfall. Areas east of Richmond may see severe weather near or after midnight. The tornado moving at 90 miles per hour downed trees and lines in the southwestern part of the county, no injuries were reported.

There is also a chance for thunderstorms on Saturday, but severe weather is not expected. Check back for updates.

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