With a high wind advisory issued today for southwestern Connecticut by the National Weather Service, but as of 3 p.m. only two power outages were reported in Fairfield.

The wind advisory is in effect through tonight, with southwest winds registering 20 to 30 mph, and gusts possible of from 50 to 60 mph.

In response, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered the partial activation of the state's Emergency Operations Center.

The biggest concern over the strong, sustained winds is downed trees and branches that could cause in power outages -- a fate that Fairfield has suffered twice in the last six months.

The center is staffed by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Transportation, Military Department, State Fire Coordination and the state's utilities.

"This will allow us to quickly respond to and coordinate any problems that may arise as a result of today's high winds," Malloy said.

The southwest winds are forecast to remain strong through the afternoon and into this evening with gusts to 50 mph at times. A few higher gusts up to 60 mph may occur in the higher elevations and along the coast.

The strong winds are ushering in a cold front that will cause temperatures to plummet and could trigger a few snow showers.

Tonight temperatures will bottom out at about 20 degrees.

Saturday is expected to be party sunny with a high temperature about 30 degrees; at night temperatures will drop to the single digits in interior Connecticut, the teens along the coast.