Washington: Today - Sunny, with the chance of precipitation near zero today and tonight, high near 50, low near 30. Winds will be from the west at around 10 mph. Sunday - Increasing cloudiness, high 46 to 50.

Maryland and Virginia: Today-Sunny, highs from the mid 40s to the low 50s, lows from the mid 20s to the mid 30s. Sunday-Increasing cloudiness, highs from the mid 40s to the low 50s.

Extended Area Forecast for Monday through Wednesday: Clearing on Monday and fair through the period, highs the mid 40s to the mid 50s, lows from the low 30s to near 50.

West Virginia: Today-Mostly sunny, highs from near 40 to near 50, lows in the 20s to the low 30s. Sunday-Rain or snow likely, highs from the low 40s to the 50s.

The National Weather Forecast for today: Rain will cover much of the Pacific Northwest, with snow falling from northwestern Washington through the northern and Central Rockies, the upper Mississippi Valley, and into the western Great Lakes. Scattered snow showers are likely from the lower Great Lakes through northern New England. It will be mostly sunny from the southern and middle Pacific Coast across the southern Rockies and lower Mississippi Valley to the southern and middle Atlantic Coast. Temperatures will be mild from the eastern portion of the wouthern and central Plains to the Appalachians. Elsewhere it will be cold.

The Nation Yesterday: Two storms systems affected the nation yesterday.One was located in the Pacific Northwest, and another over the lower Great Lakes. In the West, a storm left only light snowshowers over the northern Rockies but the winds from the storm were ferocious. Westerly winds of 30 to 40 mph blasted the eastern slopes of Montana and Wyoming. Many areas had wind qusts in the 50s. It was not as windy over the Great Lakes. Light snow continued over much of the region with most areas having 1 foot or more. The rest of the nation enjoyed a sunny and mild afternoon, with only Northern New England remaining cold. The Gulf Coast was in the 70s, the West Coast was in the 60s, and the Great Plains reached the 40s. Except for partly cloudy skies along the Gulf Coast, the southern half of the nation had western storm, bringing snowshowers with it.

Almanac Data for today: The sun rises 7:24 a.m., sets 4:51 p.m., moon rises 12:34 a.m., sets 12:40 p.m.

Tides: High 1:37 a.m. and 2:12 p.m., low 8:40 a.m. and 9:17 p.m. High and low tides at the following locations may be obtained by subtracting the hours indicated from the hours above: Annapolis (3 1/4), Bloody Point Lighthouse (4 1/2), Deale, Md. (4 1/2), Colonial Beach (5 1/4), Norfolk (1), Virginia Beach (3/4), Solomans Island (6 1/4), Point Lookout (7).

The Council of Governments' Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 2-3 p.m. period was 10 for the pollutant, photochemical oxidants. Index values between 0-24 indicate good air quality. When the index exceeds 100 the air is considered very unhealthy and individuals with lung, heart and eye ailments are urged to restrict their activity. The forecast for today indicates that the air quality will remain good. The National Weather Service forcasts the Potomac River stage at Little Falls should should rise to near 4.5 feet today.

Washington data for yesterday: Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 48 degrees at 2:30 p.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 32 degrees at 6:40 a.m. Excess of temperature since Dec. 1, 164 degrees. Excess of temperature since Jan. 1, 380 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 71 degrees in 1875. Record low temperature for today, 10 degrees in 1960.Relative humidity: maximum, 64 percent at 7 a.m.; minimum, 36 percent at 3 p.m. 24 hour precipitation-none. Excess of precipitation since Dec. 1, .39 inches. Excess of precipitation since an. 1, .22 inches. Highest observed wind since 7 a.m., 14 miles per hour from the southwest at 2 p.m. Peak gust since 7 a.m., 20 miles per hour from the south at 2:38 p.m.

Local Temp., Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 midnite(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)46 1 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)48 2 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)50 3 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)56 4 a.m.(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)59 5 a.m.(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)59 6 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)61 7 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)64 8 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)52 9 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)50 10 a.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)45 11 a.m.(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)41 12 noon(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)40 1 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)39 2 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)41 3 p.m.(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)38 4 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)37 5 p.m.(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)42 6 p.m.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)49 7 p.m.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)53 8 p.m.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)55 9 p.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)59 10 p.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)59 11 p.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)59(END TABLE)

Temperatures ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)H. Albany(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)37 Albuquerque(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)48 Amarillo(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)50 Anchorage(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)19 Asheville(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)52 Atlanta(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)53 Atlantic City(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)42 Austin(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)63 Billings(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)38 Birmingham(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)53 Bismarck(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)25 Boise(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)42 Boston(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)39 Brownsville(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)73 Buffalo(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)urlington(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)26 Casper(COLUMN)6(COLUMN)32 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)59 Charleston, W.Va.(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)43 Charlotte(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)51 Cheyenne(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)40 Chicago(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)35 Cincinnati(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)47 Cleveland(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)44 Columbia(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)59 Columbus(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)44 Dal-Ft Worth(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)62 Dayton(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)43 Denver(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)46 Des Moines(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)37 Detroit(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)41 Duluth(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)22 El Paso(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)56 Fairbanks(COLUMN)-21(COLUMN)7 Fargo(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)28 Flagstaff(COLUMN)7(COLUMN)45 Geat Falls(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)39 Hartford(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)41 Helena(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)39 Honolulu(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)60 Houston(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)62 Indianapolis(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)43 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)57 Jacksonville(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)63 Juneau(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)21 Kansas City(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)45 Las Vegas(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)58 Little Rock(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)59 Lot Angeles(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)68 Louisville(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)49 Memphis(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)56 Miami Beach(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)81 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)59 Milwaukee(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)33 Mpls-St. Paul(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)32 Nashville(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)53 New Orleans(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)58 New york(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)44 Norfolk(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)46 North Platte(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)37 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)58 Omaha(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)38 Orlando(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)75 Philadephia(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)43 Phoenix(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)63 Pittsburge(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)40 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)30 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)46 Providence(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)38 Raleigh(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)50 Rapid City(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)38 Reno(COLUMN)4(COLUMN)25 Richmond(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)48 St. Louis(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)48 St. Prgb. - Tampa(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)73 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)36 San Antonio(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)65 San Diego(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)64 San Francisco(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)54 San Juan(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)74 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)30 Seattle(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)46 Shrevelport(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)61*lSioux Falls 22(COLUMN)31 Spokane(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)37 Syracuse(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)36 Topeka(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)48 Tucson(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)62 Tulsa(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)55 Washington(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)48 Wichita(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)49(END TABLE)

Temperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Westher(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Amsterdam(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Ankara(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Anthen(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Auckland(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)12 a.m.(COLUMN)63 Berlin(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Birmingham(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Bonn(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Brussels(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Casablance(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)57 Copenhagen(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Dublin(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Geneva(COLUMN)cludy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Hong Kong(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Jerusalem(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Lisbon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)46 London(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Madrid(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Malta(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Manila(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Moscow(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)-06 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Nice(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Olso(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Paris(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Peking(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)21 Rome(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Saigon(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Stockholm(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Sydney(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)77 Tokyo(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Warsaw(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)19(END TABLE)

Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) CityWeather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulco(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)89(COLUMN)87 Barbados(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)75 Bermuda(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)64 Bogota(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)40 Culiacan(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)52 Kingston(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)76 Montego Bay(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)70 Mexico City(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)50 Monterrey(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)40 Nassau(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)80(COLUMN)65 St. Kitts(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)73 Vera Cruz(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)65(END TABLE)