As the region continues to dig out today from the blizzard that dumped up to 2 feet of snow across southwestern Connecticut Sunday and Monday, today's forecast is considerably brighter.

Although the National Weather Service "Winter Weather Advisory" remains in effect today until 9 a.m., temperatures should rise slightly above freezing for the first time in more than a day -- and warmer weather is in the offing for later in the week.

But windy conditions could create more drifting today and impair visibility. There also could be black ice caused by overnight freezing of slush, the weather service warns.

Skies today will be somewhat cloudy, with a daytime high temperature in the mid-30s, according to the NWS. There will be a west wind between 18 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

Tonight should be cloudy, with a low around 22. A wind out of the west will be between 9 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Tomorrow will be sunny, the NWS predicts, with a high temperature near 36. The wind calms between 9 and 11 mph. The nighttime low is expected to be in the low-20s.

Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny, with daytime high temperatures in the upper-30s -- and the outlook for Friday and Saturday could be even warmer, with temperatures in the mid-40s.