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

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

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

People living in or driving through the area should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions.

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.

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 severe storms are expected to remain west of the Dallas and Oklahoma City metro areas into Thursday night.

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 storm lingering over the Rockies, another round of strong storms will ramp up Friday afternoon.

This threat will extend across south-central Nebraska, western and central Kansas, western Oklahoma and into central, southern and coastal Texas. The greatest risk will be across the lower Rio Grande Valley, 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.