UPDATE: 3:52 P.M.

Scattered heavy snow showers will impact New Haven and southern Fairfield counties this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a possibility of winds over 30 mph and a drop in visibility to near one-quarter of a mile.

Areas that can expect to see some of that weather are Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Milford, Wallingford, Shelton, Naugatuck, Guilford, Southbury, Durham, Newtown, Fairfield, Hamden, Stratford and Trumbull.

“Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations,” the weather service said. “Be prepared for snow covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.”

UPDATE: 10:44 AM

NWS: At 10:42 AM, a line of snow showers was located over Trumbull, or near Bridgeport, moving east at 35 mph.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this line of snowshowers.This line of snow showers will be near... Shelton and Stratford around 1050 AM EST.

Seymour around 10:55 AM

Time lapse video shows snow squall hitting New Haven, CT

Media: Video by Rick Funaro

A snow squall hitting Merritt 7, Norwalk.

Media: Joseph Tucci

Milford and Orange around 11 AM. New Haven around 11:05 AM.

Branford and North Brandford around 11: 20 AM.

North Madison around 11: 30 AM.

Visibilities will drop quickly to less than a mile with this activity.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations.

Be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

UPDATE: 10:01 AM

A snow squall warning is in effect until 10:45 AM EST for I-95, I-84, US-7, US-1 near Bridgeport--Stamford, CT--NY; I-84, US-6, US-202, US-7 near Danbury, CT--NY; I-684, I-84, US-6, US-202 near New York--Newark, NY--NJ--CT and US-9 near Cold Spring, NY.

EARLIER STORY

With winds expected to gust up to 50 mph, the National Weather Service has post a Wind Advisory for most of Connecticut.

The advisory, in effect from noon to midnight, includes all of the shoreline and the eastern half of Connecticut. Northern Fairfield, northern New Haven and Litchfield counties are not included in the advisory coverage area.

The winds are part of a cold front that will move into Connecticut this afternoon.

Northwest winds are expected between 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Strongest gusts are expected on the shoreline.

“Another factor that could have some impact is the threat of snow squalls, primarily during the afternoon hours,” the NWS says in its forecast discussion.

It says the cold front combined with moisture moving in from the west northwest could “give us a chance of a brief heavy burst of snow accompanying strong wind gusts.”

The NWS also says there is a chance of snow squalls this afternoon with the best chance between noon and 5 p.m.

The NWS’s hourly forecast has strong winds blowing in around 1 p.m. and continuing overnight.

Peak gusts are expected between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.” the NWS says. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a highprofile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.”

The strong winds will also usher in a 20-degree drop in temperature. The high temperature Wednesday will be 37 degrees around 2 p.m. By 5 a.m. Thursday, the temperature will be 17 degrees.

The combination of strong winds and falling temperatures will create a wind chill between 15 and 12 degrees between 8 and 11 p.m. Wednesday.

After this winter weather, temperatures will moderate later in the week with the possibility of record-high temperatures near 60 degrees on Saturday.

The weekend is also looking cloudy with a chance of rain, especially Saturday night and Sunday.

The forecast

Today: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. West wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 16. Wind chill values between 5 and 10. Northwest wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 27. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 43.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night: Rain likely. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Sunday: A 50 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.