Ice is not nice, the National Weather Service warns this morning as light, freezing rain falls across southwestern Connecticut as of 5 a.m. -- triggering an ice storm warning for the region.

The hazardous weather outlook will remain in effect through midday as ice coats yesterday's snowfall -- which was far less than initially forecast -- making roads treacherous and posing a threat of power outages if heavy ice brings down utility lines and tree limbs.

Earlier this morning, Connecticut Light & Power reported 5 percent of New Canaan resident were without power -- a total of 462 out of 8,358. By early afternoon the number dropped to 32.

New Canaan schools are closed today because of locally slick streets.

State Police are reporting numerous spinouts on the icy highways throughout the area. Tandem-trailer trucks have been banned from state highways because of the hazardous travel conditions.

The NWS forecast calls for the freezing rain and sleet to continue through midday, then changing to all rain as temperatures rise to the upper-30s. Winds from the east are expected to clock in at between 17 to 20 mph.

Tonight, there is a slight chance of rain before 9 p.m., changing to a possibility of snow.

There promises a respite in the winter onslaught that has gripped the region for nearly six weeks tomorrow and Friday, with sunny skies and daytime temperatures of about 30 degrees both days.

Then, the NWS predicts, there is a possibility of more snow Saturday.

Yesterday's storm, however, proved less severe than initially forecast, with most of the snowfall confined to the morning and accumulations of about 2 to 3 inches. The forecast had called for a day-long blast with total accumulations of at least 9 inches.

After the snow changed to freezing rain by late morning, precipitation ended entirely by late afternoon.

Yesterday's meeting of the Long Range Planning Committee Special was cancelled because of the weather.