Get ready for some big changes in our weather on Thursday.

Here’s what to expect:

Winds

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for southern Connecticut.

Winds - blowing between 20 to 30 mph may have gusts up to 45 mph.

By 1 p.m., peak wind gusts were 39 mph in Bridgeport and New Haven, 37 in Danbury and 32 mph in Oxford.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,” the National Weather Service said. “Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.”

The gusty wind will persist through much of the day Thursday and into Friday morning.

The NWS hourly forecast has wind picking up around 9 a.m. Thursday and continuing into Friday. Peak wind gusts are expected between 1 and 10 p.m. Thursday.

The rain

After rain showers ended this morning, dry air moved in behind a cold front from a deepening low pressure system.

As February comes to an end, monthly precipitation is below average.

Danbury has had 1.6 inches of rain, about an inch below normal; New Haven is about three-quarters of an inch below average; and Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford is around a quarter inch below its usual amount.

Snowfall for the month is well below normal with just a trace recorded along the shoreline. The average February snowfall for areas like Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven is around 8 inches.

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks has had a scant .40 of an inch, instead of its average 10.7 inches for the month. Even Norfolk - the Icebox of Connecticut in Litchfield County - only has had 8.5 inches of snow - half its average amount.

Temperatures

Temperatures will continue to drop through the day as cold air is pushed into the area.

By the afternoon, temperatures will be in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Temperatures will begin to drop after 9 a.m. Thursday and fall more than 20 degrees before bottoming out at 4 a.m. Friday.

The high temperature will peak at around 45 degrees in southern Connecticut by 8 a.m. Thursday and plummet to a low of 22 degrees before sunrise (6:31 a.m.) on Friday.

Temperatures in northern Connecticut will be about five degrees cooler than the shoreline.

Low temperatures tonight drop into the 20s for most of the area with more interior locations dropping into the teens.

Gusty winds will allow for wind chills in the low teens and single digits.

Dry conditions persist for Friday with high temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Temperatures remain just below average through the first half of the weekend.

There will be quiet and colder weather through Sunday as high pressure builds across the region.

A gusty northwesterly flow combined with temperatures in 30s to near 40 during the day and upper teens to low 20s at night will make conditions feel even colder over the weekend.

Temperatures will moderate by Sunday night as high pressure slides east and winds go around to the southwest.

February’s average temperatures are about 6 degrees above normal.

The warmest temperature of the month was on Feb. 24 (with 63 degrees) and the coldest, with 6 degrees, was on Feb. 15.

Like snow? Head north

Parts of north central New York state are under a Blizzard Warning with up to 18 inches of snow forecast. The Adirondaks could get up to a foot of snow as well.

Upper mountain peaks above 2,000 feet in the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire could see up to a foot of heavy, wet snow with winds gusting up to 60 mph.

Connecticut forecast

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 32 by 5 p.m. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west 18 to 23 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 43.