"Winter" doesn't officially start hereabouts until nearly six weeks.

But Tuesday morning, a harbinger of that season made its first appearance in Fairfield and the rest of southwestern Connecticut.

A trace of snow gilded the edges of fallen leaves, and glistened on car windows and the still-smiling jack-o-lanterns left in Halloween's wake.

The temperature plunged as well, with an expected daytime high of only about 40 degrees today -- and plunging to the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.

Things are expected to warm up as the week progresses -- without a flake in sight. Yet.

Here's some scenes of what the snow shower left in its wake ...