Washington: Today - Variably cloudy, chance of snow flurries, high near 40, low in the low 20s. The chance of snow is 30 per cent today and near zero tonight. Wednesday - Sunny, high near 40.

Maryland and Virginia: Today - Variably cloudy, chance of snow flurries, highs from the 30s to the low 40s. lows from the 20s to near 30. Wednesday - Sunny, highs from the 30s to the low 40s.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today - Variably cloudy, chance of snow flurries. Winds will be from the northwest at from 15 to 30 knots. Visibility will be more than 5 miles. Most of the bay is covered by ice.

West Virginia: - Cloudy, chance of snow flurries, highs from the mid 20s to the mid 30s lows in the teens. Wednesday - Cloudy, highs from the low 20s to the low 30s.

Extended Area Forecast for Thursday through Saturday: There is a chance of precipitation on Thursday, and it will be partly cloudy on Friday and Saturday. Highs will average mostly in the 20s, while lows will range from near zero to the teens. Normal Washington temperatures for the period are a high of 44 and a low of 27.

The National Weather Forecast for today - Snow will fall over the northern Atlantic Coast, the central Appalachians, the Ohio valley and the Great Lakes. Rain or snow is expected along the middle Atlantic Coast, with snow flurries in Pennsylvania and in the northern Rockies. The rest of the nation will be mostly sunny, except for cloudy skies in North Dakota. Minnesota, Washington state and southwestern Oregon. Cold weather will continue throughout the nation, except for mild readings in the western Great Plains and the far Southwest.

Almanac Data for today: Sun rises 7:20 a.m., sets 5:21 p.m.; moon rises 10:30 a.m.: sets 11:52 p.m. Tides: High 12:15 p.m., lows 4:42 a.m. and 7:11 p.m. High and low tides at the following points can be obtained by subtracting the hours indicated from the [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] above. Annapolis (3 1/4); Bloody Point Lighthouse (4 1/2); Dasie Md (4 1/2); Colonial Beach (6); Norfolk (1 1/2); Virginia Beach (1); Solomon's Island (6 1/2); Point Lookout (7).

The Council of Government's Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. period was 17 for teh pollutant, Sulfur dioxide. Index values between zero and 24 indicate good air quality. When the index exceeds 100 the air becomes hazardous and persons with lung, heart and eye problems should restrict their activity. The forecast for today indicates the air quality will be good.

The National Weather Service forecasts that the potomac River stage at Little Falls will be near 3.4 feet. Local Temp., Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T(COLUMN)H 12 mid(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)74 1 a.m.(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)66 2 a.m.(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)71 3 a.m.(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)71 4 a.m.(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)69 5 a.m.(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)69 6 a.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)69 7 a.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)69 8 a.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)78 9 a.m.(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)69 11 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)64 12 noon(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)61 1 p.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)54 2 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)59 3 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)59 4 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)54 5 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)57 6 p.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)92 7 p.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)92(END TABLE) Temperatures ending 8 a.m. (EDT) Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)H(COLUMN)L Albany(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)9 Albuquerque(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)37 Amarillo(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)28 Anchorage(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)33 Asheville(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)27 Atlantic(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)30 Atlantic City(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)22 Austin(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)38 Baltimore(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)19 Billings(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)21 Birmingham(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)36 Bismarck(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)19 Boise(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)23 Boston(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)21 Brownsville(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)59 Buffalo(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)18 Burlington(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)9 Casper(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)12 Charleston, S.C(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)29 Charleston, W.V.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)27 Charlotte(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)28 Cheyenne(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)7 Chicago(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)24 Cincinnati(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)22 Cleveland(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)19 Columbia, S.C.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)26 Columbus(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)20 Dal-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)34 Dayton(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)22 Denver(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)21 Des Moines(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)7 Detroit(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)22 Duluth(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)23 EL Paso(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)36 Fairbanks(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)11 Fargo(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)23 Flagstaff(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)14 Great Falls(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)23 Hartford(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)10 Helena(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)73 Honolulu(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)73 Houston(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)46 Indianapolis(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)22 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)41 Jacksonville(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)31 Juneau(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)39 Kansas City(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)23 Las Vegas(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)39 Little Rock(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)31 Los Angeles(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)51 Louisville(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)26 Memphis(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)36 Miami Beach(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)55 Midland Odessa(COLUMN) --120:(COLUMN)31 Milwaukee(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)25 Mpls-St Paul(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)20 Nashville(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)32 New Orleans(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)54 New York(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)23 Norfolk(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)23 North Platte(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)18 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)32 Omaha(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)23 Orlando(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)36 Philadelphia(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)12 Phoenix(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)49 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)15 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)16 Portland Ore(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)28 Providence(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)15 Raleigh 36(COLUMN)18 Rapid City(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)16 Reno(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)29 Richmond(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)22 St Louis(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)29 St Prbq-Tampa(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)42 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)27 San Antonio(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)41 San Diego(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)53 San Francisco(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)51 San Juan(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)68 St Ste Marie(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)20 Seattle(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)33 Shreveport(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)39 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)23 Spokane(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)26 Syracuse(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)14 Tucson(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)41 Tulsa(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)26 Washington(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)25 Wichita(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)27(END TABLE) TEmperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Amsterdam(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Ankara(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Athens(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Auckland(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)midnight(COLUMN)64 Berlin(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Birmingham(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Brussels(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Cairo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Casablanca(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)70 Copenhagen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Dublin(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Geneva(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Hong Kong(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Lisbon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)57 London(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Malta(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Manila(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Moscow(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)10 New Delhi(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Nice(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Paris(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Peking(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Rome(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)57 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Sydney(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Tel Aviv(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Tokyo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)35 Tunis(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Warsaw(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39(END TABLE) Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)H(COLUMN)L Acapulco(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)74 Barbados(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)74 Bermuda(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)50 Bogota(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)50 Hayana(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)58 Montego Bay(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)68 Mexico City(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)49 Monterrey(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)56 Nassau(COLUMN)pt cldy(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)79 St Kitts(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)72 St Thomas(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)71 Veracruz(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)61(END TABLE)