The second severe weather episode to strike the Plains in as many days will likely leave a larger mark, and things may get really, really ugly.

A powerful storm system in the southern Rockies will eject eastward Thursday setting up a potentially significant outbreak of severe storms in the late afternoon and evening hours. Communities from southwestern Nebraska to western Texas could see storms ignite before the evening rush, posing a threat to millions of commuters throughout this region.

Unlike the previous day, the tornado threat on Thursday will be significantly increased. This will go along with a larger threat for damaging wind gusts, large hail and torrential rainfall. The heavier rain may actually be a net positive for some in Texas, however, as a large portion of the states is in the midst of a major drought.

Stay tuned to for additional details as this storm system develops further. Make sure all preparations are in place in case any warnings are issued for your area when Thursday arrives.

Story by Meteorologist Randy Adkins.