During a week designated to review dangers of summer storms, snow is in the forecast
WILLMAR — This is severe weather awareness week, when state and local public safety officials seek to increase citizen awareness of the dangers of summer storms — extreme heat, thunder, lightning, floods and tornadoes.
But winter doesn’t seem to want end and the annual tornado drills, practiced across the state at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, may be accompanied by a chance of rain and snow and temperatures in the 30s.
The National Weather Service forecast for Willmar calls for a 20 percent chance of snow on Tuesday night, followed by 1 to 3 inches of snow on Wednesday. The chance of precipitation continues Thursday and Thursday night.
There is another chance of rain and snow on Saturday, accompanied by mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 44. Sunday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 46.
According to the Homeland Security and Emergency Management division of the state Department of Public Safety, the severe weather awareness week has been conducted by the state, the Weather Service and local officials for more than 25 years. The main event is the Thursday tornado drills, but officials ask citizens to review and update their own business or family emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.
The week includes an emphasis on alerts and warnings today, severe weather, lightning and hail on Tuesday, floods on Wednesday, tornadoes on Thursday and extreme heat on Friday.