Snow is expected to begin falling early this afternoon as winter weather refuses to let "spring be spring" in southwestern Connecticut.

The National Weather Service, in a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" statement issued for today, says the snow is expected to begin falling after 1 p.m. as the daytime temperature rises to a high of about 40 degrees.

It will also be breezy today, with a east wind 9 to 14 mph, increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon -- and gusts as high as 37 mph.

Odds of winter precipitation are about 70 percent, with daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible, the NWS says.

Snow is expected to continue falling tonight, mainly before 10 p.m., as the temperature falls to a low of about 30 degrees. Winds will also continue to be blustery, with a north wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of nighttime precipitation is 70 percent, with new snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tomorrow should be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-40s, with a northwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30 degrees.

On Wednesday, skies should be mostly sunny, with a high temperature in the upper-40s, the NWS says. Night skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature about 30 degrees.

Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-40s. It will be partly cloudy at night as the temperature dips to a low in the low-30s.

The outlook for Friday, according to the weather service, is sunny and temperatures in the 40s.