Washington: Today -- Cloudy, with a chance of snow flurries, high in the mid 30s, low in the high 20s. Wind will be light and variable. Sunday -- Snow changing to rain, high in the high 30s.

Maryland and Virginia: Cloudy, with a chance of snow flurries, highs from the high 20s to the low 40s, lows from the low 20s to the low 30s. Sunday -- Chance of rain or snow, highs from the mid 30s to near 50.

West Virginia: Today -- Cloudy, with a chance of snow flurries, highs from the mid 20s to the upper 30s, lows from the mid 20s to near 30. Sunday -- Chance of rain or snow, highs from the mid 30s to the mid 40s.

Extended Area Forecast for Monday through Wednesday -- Cloudy, with a chance of precipitation each day, highs from the mid 30s to the mid 40s, lows from the mid 20s to the mid 30s.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay -- Cloudy, with a chance of snow flurries. Winds will be northeasterly at 5 to 10 knots today, and from the north at 10 knots tonight. Waves will be 1 foot of less.

The Nation Yesterday: Stormy weather gripped the southern and eastern halves of the nation, as rain and snow stretched from the Southwest across the lower Mississppi Valley to the mid Atlantic Coast. Freezing drizzle or snow fell over a large area from the southern Plains to the mid Atlantic Coast. Snow fell over the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and spread across the central Appalachians. Most of the northern third of the nation enioyed fair skies during the afternoon and evening, except for extensive cloudiness across the Great Lakes.Frigid temperature readings in the single digits of lower were common throughout the upper Midwest, the northern Plains, and the northern Rockies. Brisk winds in eastern Montana dropped wind chill factor of near 50 below zero. The southern states were not spared from the cold, either, as most afternoon highs were only in the 30s and 40s.

The National Weather Forecast for today: A winter storm will dump precipitation over much of the south central and southwestern portions of the nation. Snow will extend from the Great Basin across the central and southern Rockies, the central Plains, and the middle Mississippi Valley. Rain will cover the lower Mississippi Valley and the southern Plains, including areas of freezing rain over Arkansas, Oklahoma, and northeastern Texas. Rain will also dempen southern Arizona, with a few showers lingering over southern California. Light snow will fall over most of New England and the lower Great Lakes, reaching into the mid Atlantic states. Temperatures will again be cold over practically all of the nation, especially in the north. Mild readings in the 60s and lower 70s will be limited to the Gulf Coast and Florida.

The Council of Government's Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 3 p.m. period was 17 for the pollutant, particulate matter. 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 continue to be good.

The National Weather Service forcasts the Potomac River stage at Little Falls should fall to near 5.6 feet today.

Washington data for yesterday: Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 37 degrees at 4:25 p.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 27 degree at 2:30 a.m. Excess of temperature since Jan. 1, 7 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 72 degrees in 1950. Record low temperature for today, 2 degrees in 1884. Relative humidity: maximum, 54 percent at 6:00 p.m.; minimum, 40 percent at 3:00 p.m. 24 hour percipitation, none. Excess of precipitation since Jan. 1, 1.25 inches. Highest observed wind since 7 a.m., 12 miles per hour from the east at 5:53 p.m. Peak gust since 7 a.m., 15 miles per hour from the east at 5:19 p.m.

Local Temp; Humidity (TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 m'nite(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)45 1 a.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)45 2 a.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)48 3 a.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)51 4 a.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)51 5 a.m.(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)47 6 a.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)51 7 a.m.(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)49 8 a.m.(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)45 9 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)45 10 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)47 11 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)54 12 noon(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)49 1 p.m.(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)49 2 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)40 3 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)40 4 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)46 5 p.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)46 6 p.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)54 7 p.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)52 8 p.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)52 9 p.m.(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)56 10 p.m.(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)61 11 p.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)66(END TABLE)

Temperatures ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday: (TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)H. Albany(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)21 Albuquerque(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)44 Amarillo(COLUMN)6(COLUMN)12 Anchorage(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)28 Asheville(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)39 Atlanta(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)47 Atlantic City(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)32 Austin(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)44 Baltimore(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)35 Billings(COLUMN)-15(COLUMN)7 Birmingham(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)42 Bismarck(COLUMN)-23(COLUMN)8 Boise(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)22 Boston(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)27 Brownsville(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)82 Buffalo(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)12 Burlington(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)16 Casper(COLUMN)-13(COLUMN)8 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)58 Charleston, W.Va.(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)27 Charlotte(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)44 Cheyenne(COLUMN)-2(COLUMN)21 Chicago(COLUMN)-4(COLUMN)5 Cincinnati(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)20 Cleveland(COLUMN)8(COLUMN)20 Columbia(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)48 Columbus(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)17 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)34 Dayton(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)20 Denver(COLUMN)-1(COLUMN)17 Des Moines(COLUMN)-6(COLUMN)2 Detroit(COLUMN)4(COLUMN)16 Duluth(COLUMN)-22(COLUMN)-3 El Paso(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)59 Fairbanks(COLUMN)-20(COLUMN)-9 Fargo(COLUMN)-21(COLUMN)-2 Flagstaff(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)42 Great Falls(COLUMN)-7(COLUMN)14 Hartford(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)27 Helena(COLUMN)-24(COLUMN)-6 Honolulu(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)79 Houston(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)57 Indianapolis(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)18 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)51 Jacksonville(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)64 Juneau(COLUMN)0(COLUMN)16 Kansas City(COLUMN)0(COLUMN)8 Las Vegas(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)47 Little Rock(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)32 Los Angeles(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)57 Louisville(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)25 Memphis(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)35 Miami Beach(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)71 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)33 Milwaukee(COLUMN)-16(COLUMN)-2 Mpls.-St. Paul(COLUMN)-17(COLUMN)-5 Nashville(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)33 New Orleans(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)63 New York(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)30 Norfolk(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)41 North Platte(COLUMN)-7(COLUMN)4 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)16 Omaha(COLUMN)-7(COLUMN)3 Orlando(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)72 Philadelphia(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)32 Phoenix(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)59 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)8(COLUMN)17 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)8(COLUMN)23 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)33 Providence(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)25 Raleigh(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)49 Rapid City(COLUMN)-17(COLUMN)3 Reno(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)34 Richmond(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)42 St. Louis(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)13 St. Prbg.-Tampa(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)67 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)28 San Antonio(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)58 San Diego(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)63 San Francisco(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)54 San Juan(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)82 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)-9(COLUMN)10 Seattle(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)43 Shreveport(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)40 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)-22(COLUMN)3 Spokane(COLUMN)-6(COLUMN)9 Syracuse(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)20 Topeka(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)7 Tucson(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)73 Tulsa(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)15 Washington(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)37 Wichita(COLUMN)8(COLUMN)10(END TABLE)

Temperatures Abroad Yesterday (TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Amsterdam(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)14 Ankara(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)19 Athens(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)66 Auckland(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)12 a.m.(COLUMN)61 Berlin(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)18 Birmingham(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Bonn(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)14 Brussels(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)18 Copenhagen(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)21 Dublin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Geneva(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Hong Kong(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Jerusalem(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Lisbon(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)48 London(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)30 Madrid(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Malta(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Manila(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)75 Moscow(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)07 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Nice(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Oslo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)09 Paris(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)21 Peking(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Rome(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Saigon(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Sofia(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)28 Stockholm(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)12 Sydney(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)75 Tokyo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Tunis(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Vienna(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Warsaw(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)19(END TABLE)

Temperatures (Western Hemisphere) (TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)High low Acapulco(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)72 Barbados(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)70 Bermuda(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)64 Bogota(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)50 Calgary(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)07(COLUMN)-04 Edmonton(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)0(COLUMN)-09 Havana(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)68 Kingston(COLUMN)sunny(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)72 Montego Bay(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)73 Mexico City(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)35 Monterrey(COLUMN)Clear(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)47 Montreal(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)05 Nassau(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)64 Ottawa(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)0 Regina(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)-17(COLUMN)-31 St. Kitts(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)71 Toronto(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)05 Vancouver(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)19 Vera Cruz(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)59 Winnipeg(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)-11(COLUMN)-24(END TABLE)