At approximately 9:45 a.m on March 19th, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. Because this is a test tornado warning, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will NOT be activated. A test tornado cancellation Special Weather Statement (SPS) will be sent around 10 AM on the 19th to end the drill.
To participate, start your own tornado drill when you hear the test signal over NOAA Weather Radio or broadcast media. Show your support by registering for the tornado drill. In recent years, over 1 million Virginians have signed up for the drill.
If there is widespread severe weather expected on the 19th, the backup date will be Wednesday March 20th at 9:45 AM.
Learn more and register to participate at vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill.