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Nebraska to Texas at Risk for Severe Storms Thursday

Following strong storms on Wednesday, another round of threatening weather will rumble across the High Plains Thursday into Thursday night.

A strong upper-level low situated over the Rockies will continue to slowly churn nearby into the end of the week, sending favorable conditions for storms across the Plains.

"That upper-level low with the help of the southern branch of the jet stream will pull ample Gulf moisture and warm temperatures into the Plains," said AccuWeather.com Storm Warning Meteorologist Billy Clark.

Thursday's storms will have the potential to outnumber and outperform the storms on Wednesday that rumbled across the region which brought small hail, downpours and even a funnel cloud in Kansas.

An area from western Kansas to the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to south-central Texas will be at the highest risk heading into late Thursday afternoon and evening.

"Damaging winds, localized flooding, hail, and even isolated tornadoes are possible," said Clark.

Travel will be at risk, especially during the evening commute when these storms could be at their highest potency. Interstate 20, 40, and 70 along with state and local roads in between may have delays and slow travel.

High profile vehicles will be most vulnerable to gusty winds. Blinding downpours will also bring issues on the road for motorists as visibility will be greatly reduced.

Occasionally, gusty winds ahead of a thunderstorm can kick up dust and bring a period of near-zero visibility which is certainly a possibility Thursday.

Groups or individuals that have outdoor activities planned may want to reschedule or move them to earlier in the day when the risk will be much lower.

The storms are expected to remain west of the Dallas and Oklahoma City metro areas.

Staying alert is important during severe weather situations. Make sure to have a weather radio handy and fresh batteries installed before the storms strike.

The storms will weaken into Friday morning but with the upper-level low not moving too far, another round of strong storms may take the stage late in the day Friday.

This threat will extend across southern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and into central and southern Texas. The greatest risk will be across the lower valley of Texas where damaging winds, downpours, and an isolated tornado will be possible.

Drenching storms will also bring the threat for flooding across the Gulf Coast through the end of the week.