Heavy rain and blustery winds are buffeting southwestern Connecticut early this morning, posing hazards to the start of pre-Thanksgiving travel -- traditionally the heaviest day of the year.

Rain is expected to be heaviest before 11 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service, as the temperature rises to a daytime high of about 54 degrees this afternoon. After this morning's strong wind gusts calm down, there will be a north wind between 6 and 16 mph the rest of the day.

Clouds will begin clearing tonight, as a cold front moves in and the low temperature tumbles to the freezing mark of 32 degrees, the NWS says.

Skies will be sunny tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, but the daytime high will be only about 50 degrees. Overnight, the low temperature will be about 40 degrees.

Friday will also be sunny and a bit warmer with a daytime high of 56 degrees, the weather service predicts.

The outlook for the holiday weekend is mixed: mostly sunny Saturday, but mostly cloudy Sunday.