Now comes the hard part.

Digging out from snowfall ranging from a foot to drifts three feet deep left by a day-long is under way all across southwestern Connecticut -- and the rest of the Northeast coast.

The snowfall had largely ended by about 10 a.m. Monday, except for isolated bands of the storm that continued to flurry over parts of the region.

But a strong wind, whipping up clouds of fallen snow and creating new, deeper drifts, continues to punish the the army of snow shovelers and plowers attacking the icy blanket.

As a result, the National Weather has cancelled the Blizzard Warning that has been in effect for the region for more than a day, but is maintaining a Winter Weather Advisory because of the strong winds, which may gust up to 50 mph.

The advisory remains in effect until midnight tonight, with the strong winds creating new drifting and periods of poor visibility.

The rest of Monday should be cloudy, according to the NWS, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high daytime temperature near 27 degrees. Winds from the northwest wind are clocking between 36 and 38 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 19. The northwest wind will be between 23 and 32 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 35, the forecasters say. There will still be a northwest wind between 17 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

A warming trend should settle in by mid-week, with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday predicted to have mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-30s to low-40s.