Blustery winds continued buffeting southwestern Connecticut throughout the day, but the number of power outages in Fairfield declined this afternoon from the morning.

As of 3:30 p.m., United Illuminating Co. reported that 198 Fairfield customers had lost power, considerably less than 815 outages reported at 10 a.m. That's about 0.83 percent of the townwide total.

The winds, following a rainy Saturday, signal the leading edge of a cold front that has triggered an overnight freeze warning for the region by the National Weather Service.

With a wind advisory in effect until 7 p.m. today, the NWS says there will be sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph, gusting to nearly 50 mph.

The freeze warning is effect early tomorrow from 3 to 8 a.m., with skies gradually clearing and temperatures rising to the mid-50s later in the day, the NWS predicts.