A taste of wintry weather is on tap for southwestern Connecticut later today -- and likely this weekend as well.

The National Weather Service says that early sunshine will fade as cloud cover increases throughout the day, with the daytime high temperature reaching about 40 degrees. There will be an east between 6 and 9 mph.

Tonight, rain -- mixing with light snow -- is expected to begin falling before 10 p.m. The temperature will fall to the mid-30s, with an east wind between 14 and 24 mph.

The NWS says little or no snow accumulation is expected.

The freezing rain is expected to fall most of the night into tomorrow morning. Precipitation, however, is expected to taper off before 10 a.m. and the daytime high temperature will rise to the high-40s with a blustery east wind between 27 and 30 mph. Rain is likely again overnight, the NWS says, into early Friday.

Later Friday, precipitation is possible into early afternoon, then followed by a slight chance of snow showers. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 45 degrees and a brisk west wind between 23 and 29 mph, gusting as high as 40 mph. Overnight, the temperature will fall to a low around 25 degrees.

Snow flurries are in the Saturday forecast, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the weather service predicts, with a high temperature in the upper-30s.