Washington: Today-Sunny and fair, high in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 20s. Chance of rain is near zero through tonight. Winds from the northwest at 15 to 25 m.p.h. Saturday-Sunny, high near 50.

Maryland and Virginia: Today-Sunny, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 20s. Saturday-Sunny, highs near 50.

Extended Area Forecast for Sunday through Tuesday: Fair Sunday and Tuesday with chance of rain on Monday. Highs from upper 30s to mind 40s, lovs from low 20s to mid 30s.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Fair and cold, with visibility of five miles or more. Winds from the west at 10 to 20 knots. Waves will be from 3 to 4 feet.

The Nation Yesterday: Weather for the official start of winter included scattered snow showers, gusty winds and drifting snow over North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin as well as for snow showers over northwestern Pennsvlvania. Occasional thundershowers extended over much of Florida by evening, while rainshowers remained along the Washington coast and turned to snow in the coastal mountains. Snow in scattered over central New England, from northern West Virginia to the lower Great Lakes, eastern South Dakota, northern Wyoming into southeastern Montana and western Montana into the Idaho Panhandle. Precipitation during the 6 hours ending at 7 p.m. E.S.T. was generally light. Rainfall was while snow accumulations included 2 inches at Broadus, Mont., as well as 1 inch additions at Caribou, Maine and Billings, Mont. Temperatures were moderate.

The National Weather Forecast for today-Rain across the Pacific Coast from Washington through Oregon will become snow in the mountains, extending into northwestern Montana and Idaho. Snow over the upper Great Lakes will become scattered flurries through the lower Great Lakes. Cloudy skies will extend across northern portions of the Ohio Valley through the northern Plains and Wyoming.Temperatures will be mild over the central Midwest, Missouri, through much of lowa and across eastern portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Temperatures elsewhere over the(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 midnite(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)93 1a.m.(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)93 2a.m.(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)93 3a.m.(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)96 4a.m.(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)96 5a.m.(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)96 6a.m.(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)96 7a.m.(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)90 8a.m.$'54(COLUMN)93 9a.m.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)62 10a.m.(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)59 11a.m.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)49 12noon(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)43 1 p.m.(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)43 2 p.m.(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)48 3 p.m.(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)44 4 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)46 5 a.m.(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)45 6 p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)46 7 p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)45(END TABLE) Temperature ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)H. Albany(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)41 Albuquerque(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)48 Amarillo(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)51 Anchorage(COLUMN)01(COLUMN)18 Asheville(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)51 Atlanta(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)56 Atlantic City(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)50 Austin(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)59 Baltimore(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)52 Billings(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)36 Birmingham(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)51 Bismarck(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)37 Boise(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)41 Boston(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)44 Brownsville(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)66 Buffalo(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)34 Burlington(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)36 Casper(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)28 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)66 Charleston, W.V.(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)40 Charlotte(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)62 Cheyenne(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)26 Chicago(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)26 Cincinnati(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)32 Cleveland(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)32 Columbia(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)66 Columbus(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)37 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)58 Dayton(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)31 Denver(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)48 Des Moines(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)41 Detroit(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)33 Duluth(COLUMN)09(COLUMN)19 El Paso(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)53 Fairbanks(COLUMN)-04(COLUMN)04 Fargo(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)32 Flagstaff(COLUMN)02(COLUMN)42 Great Falls(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)37 Helena(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)40 Honolulu(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)75 Houston(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)56 Indianapolis(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)32 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)54 Jacksonville(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)78 Junean(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)30 Kansas City(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)45 Las Vegas(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)53 Los Angeles(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)66 Louisville(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)35 Memphis(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)45 Miami Beach(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)80 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)54 Milwaukee(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)26 Mpls. St. Paul(COLUMN)07(COLUMN)24 Nashville(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)42 New Orleans(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)60 New York(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)49 Norfolk(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)62 North Platte(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)35 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)55 Omaha(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)39 Orlando(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)84 Philadelphia(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)49 Phoenix(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)60 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)33 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)40 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)44 Providence(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)46 Raleigh(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)62 Rapid City(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)42 Reno(COLUMN)05(COLUMN)28 Richmond(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)61 St. Louis(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)42 St. Prbg.-Tampa(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)77 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)32 San Antonio(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)63 San Diego(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)62 San Francisco(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)56 San Juan(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)83 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)22 Seattle(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)44 Shreveport(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)54 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)32 Spokane(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)34 Syracuse(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)39 Topeka(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)50 Tuscon(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)59 Tulsa(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)52 Washington(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)55 Wichita(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)51(END TABLE) Temperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Amsterdam(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)28 Ankara(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Athens(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Auckland(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)midnight(COLUMN)61 Berlin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)30 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Bonn(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Brussels(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Casablanca(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)59 Copenhagen(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Dublin(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Geneva(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Hong Kong(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)67 Jerusalem(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Lisbon(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)43 London(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Malte(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Manila(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Moscow(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)-02 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Nice(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)57 Oslo(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)30 Peking(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)18 Rome(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Saigon(COLUMN)showers(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Stockholm(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m(COLUMN)19 Sydney(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Tokyo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Vienna(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)28 Warsaw(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)23(END TABLE)