The forecast area will be under the influence of a northwesterly flow in the wake of a departing low pressure system that brought significant weather to the area the last few days. This will result in an unsettled flow with partly sunny skies in most areas. Showers and storms will occur this afternoon and evening mainly for areas north of I-70. More widespread shower and thunderstorm activity will occur on Wednesday as another trough of low pressure with associated cold front move through the area. Expect brief heavy rain, some hail and strong gusty winds with storms mainly ahead of and along the cold front. Snow is expected in the mountain areas with a few inches possible. Temperatures will be cooler in the cold front's wake on Thursday morning with some valley locations having the potential for below freezing temperatures. A dry and warming trend is in store Thursday into the weekend and possibly into early next week as high pressure builds over the region leading to temperatures rising to near or slightly above seasonal levels.