Snow eased over southwestern Connecticut before 6 a.m. this morning, after the region was walloped by a two-part storm that dumped at least 15 inches of snow on the region -- pushing the January snowfall total over the record and creating havoc with this morning's rush-hour travel and crippling business, government and schools.

The overnight snowfall was fierce, coming down at rates of 2 to 3 inches an hour during certain periods, leaving a thick blanket of wet snow on top of the white stuff already on the ground.

As of 5 a.m., Interstate 95 was shut down by tractor-trailer accidents in Fairfield, Darien, Bridgeport and Branford.

Service on Metro-North Railroad was also suspended.

The snow is expected to stop over the region by about 7 a.m., and the skies should clear. Daytime high temperatures will be in the mid-30s. Tonight, clouds move in and the low will be about 20 degrees.

The National Weather Service says that more, light snow could be in the offing for Friday and Saturday.

There is a chance of snow showers after 11 a.m. Friday, with a daytime high temperature near 33. There is a southwest wind around 6 mph. The chance of snow showers continues until about 10 p.m. tomorrow.

On Saturday, there is another chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. The day should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. There's also a continued chance of snow showers before midnight.

The NWS forecast does not clear entirely until Sunday, which is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 31 degrees.