After an uncharacteristically "balmy" day yesterday, the region returns to a more wintry outlook today with cold rain and snow in the forecast tonight and continuing into tomorrow.

The National Weather Service says today will be mostly cloudy with a daytime high near 40 degrees.

Rain, possibly mixed with snow, should begin tonight as the temperature falls just below the freezing mark.

The precipitation is expected to continue before 11 a.m. tomorrow, then a chance of scattered snow showers later in the day. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Winds will pick up to between 22 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

The temperature falls sharply overnight to a low of about 11 degrees. The wind-chill value will make things feel as though it is 0. Wind gusts could be clocked at about 40 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 27 degrees, the NWS says. A west wind will be calmer at between 11 and 14 mph.

Thursday also should be sunny, with a high near 25.