Thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the plains and hit Stillwater on Saturday evening.

Matthew Day, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Norman, said the storms will be in Payne County late Saturday.

“It’s probably going to be a late-night event, probably not until after 7 p.m,” Day said.

Day said golf ball-size hail will accompany the storms into town along with 75 mph wind gusts.

“That’s going to continue through the night,” Day said. “Into the overnight hours, the severe threat is going to diminish a little, but there will still be a chance for some marginally severe storms.”

Day suggested any property that could be damaged by hail be covered or brought inside. If you are planning to be outdoors, be prepared to have a place to shelter.

“Obviously, hail and outdoor events don’t go well together,” Day said.

Day said there is a good chance for lightning throughout the night. He said the possibility is low that the storms will develop tornadoes.

“It’s just a very narrow window that we are looking at,” Day said.

“Right now, it’s a possibility that is there, but it’s not likely.”

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