Washington: Today -- Sleet and freezing rain, changing to rain this afternoon, high in the mid 30s, low near 30. The chance of precipitation is near 100 percent today and 80 percent tonight. Winds will be light and variable. Sunday -- Rain ending, high 40 to 46.

Maryland and Virginia: Today -- Sleet and freezing rain, changing to rain, highs from the 30s to the mid 40s, lows from the low 30s to near 40. Sunday -- Rain ending, highs in the 40s to the low 50s.

West Virginia: Today -- Freezing rain changing to rain, highs from the upper 30s to the 40s, lows from the mid 30s to the low 40s. Sunday -- Rain, highs from the upper 30s to the 40s.

Extended Area Forecast for Monday through Wednesday -- Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of snow flurries, highs from the mid 20s to the upper 30s, lows from the teens to the upper 20s.

Lower Potomac and Chespeake Bay -- Rain, with fair or poor visibility. Winds will be from the east at 12 to 29 knots today, and from the south at 15 to 25 knots tonight. Waves will average around 2 feet.

The Nation Yesterday: Afternoon thunderstorms over the western Gulf brought spring-like weather. Rain, gusty winds, and temperatures in the upper 70s were a welcomed change from recent cold and ice, even though some of these rains were heavy. Locally heavy rains caused a flash flood warning over southeastern Texas. Ice storm warnings, freezing rain warnings, winter storm watches, and travelers advisories continued. Chicago, hard hit with heavy snow early in the week, is now expecting freezing rain Saturday, and more snow Sunday.

The National Weather Forecast for Today: Snow will extend from southern New England across the upper Great Lakes into the northern Mississippi Valley. Snow will become freezing rain from northern New Jersey across southwestern New York, eastern Lake Huron, and northern Illinois, as well as the mountains of northern Virginia and of North Carolina. Freezing rain will become rain spreading from central New Jersey into northern Florida, and across the lower Mississippi Valley. Rain across western Washington will extend eastward, changing to snow in the mountains. Temperatures will be mild from the eastern half of Texas across the Gulf Coast, through fte lower Mississippi Valley into the lower Ohio Valley. Temperatures elsewhere across the nation will remain seasonably cool or cold.

Almanac Data for today: The sun rises 7:23 a.m., sets 5:16 p.m.; The moon rises 11.21 p.m., sets 10:40 a.m. Tied: high 12:19 a.m., low 6:57 a.m. and 7:38 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 1/2), Norfolk (1), Virginia Beach (3/4), Solomons 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 3 p.m. period was 16 for the pollutant, carbon monoxide. Index values between 0 and 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 forecasts the Potomac River Stage at Little Falls should remain at 3.8 feet today.

Washington data for yesterday: Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 28 degrees at 1:40 p.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 18 degrees at 6:35 a.m. Deficiency of temperature since Jan, 1, 35 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 70 degrees in 1951. Record low temperature for today, 8 degrees in 1940. Relative humidity: maximum, 52 percent at 4:00 a.m.; minimum, 35 percent at 11:00 a.m. 24 hour precipitation, none. Excess of precipitation since Jan. 1, 2.01 inches. Highest observed wind since 7 a.m., 15 miles per hour from the north at 7:00 a.m. Local Temp., Humidity (TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 mid.(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)48 1 a.m.(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)50 2 a.m.(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)50 3 a.m.(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)50 4 a.m.(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)52 5 a.m.(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)47 6 a.m.(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)47 7 a.m.(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)49 8 a.m.(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)49 9 a.m.(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)45 10 a.m.(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)41 11 a.m.(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)35 12 noon(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)35 1 p.m.(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)35 2 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)35 3 p.m.(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)35 4 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)35 5 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)37 6 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)39 7 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)37 8 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)39 9 p.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)37 10 p.m.(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)39 11 p.m.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)44(END TABLE) Temperatures ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday: (TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)N. Albany(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)10 Albuquerque(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)45 Amarillo(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)60 Anchorage(COLUMN)7(COLUMN)22 Asheville(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)34 Atlanta(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)41 Atlantic City(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)22 Austin(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)69 Baltimore(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)24 Billings(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)37 Birmingham(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)51 Bismarck(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)22 Boise(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)25 Boston(COLUMN)4(COLUMN)23 Brownsville(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)79 Buffaro(COLUMN)0(COLUMN)15 Burlington(COLUMN)-15(COLUMN)3 Casper(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)30 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)47 Charleston, W.Va.(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)33 Charlotte(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)33 Cheyenne(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)40 Chicago(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)30 Cincinnati(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)31 Cleveland(COLUMN)9(COLUMN)27 Columbia(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)48 Columbus(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)27 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)62 Dayton(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)27 Des Moines(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)35 Detroit(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)19 Duluth(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)21 El Paso(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)55 Fairbanks(COLUMN)-13(COLUMN)-4 Fargo(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)22 Flagstaff(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)28 Great Falls(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)34 Hartford(COLUMN)0(COLUMN)17 Helena(COLUMN)-9(COLUMN)15 Honolulu(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)78 Houston(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)71 Indianapolis(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)31 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)62 Jacksonville(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)65 Juneau(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)36 Kansas City(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)39 Las Vegas(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)53 Little Rock(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)49 Los Angeles(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)61 Louisivlle(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)34 Memphis(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)52 Miami Beach(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)76 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)61 Milwaukee(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)27 Mpls.-St. Paul(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)23 Nashville(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)45 New Orleans(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)72 New York(COLUMN)08(COLUMN)20 Norfolk(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)29 North Platte(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)30 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)48 Omaha(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)33 Orlando(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)77 Philadelphia(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)21 Phoenix(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)56 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)8(COLUMN)24 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)-3(COLUMN)19 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)37 Providence(COLUMN)2(COLUMN)20 Raieigh(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)35 Rapid City(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)35 Reno(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)44 Richmond(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)28 St. Louis(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)37 St. Prbg.-Tampa(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)76 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)29 San Antonio(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)69 San Diego(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)61 San Francisco(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)59 San Juan(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)83 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)-6(COLUMN)12 Seattle(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)45 Shreveport(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)67 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)24 Spokane(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)23 Syracuse(COLUMN)-12(COLUMN)7 Topeka(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)38 Tucson(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)54 Tulsa(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)44 WASHINGTON(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)29 Wichita(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)38(END TABLE) Temperatures Abroad This Morning (TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)37 Amsterdam(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)25 Ankara(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)3 a.m.(COLUMN)28 Athens(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 a.m.(COLUMN)43 Auckland(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)73 Berlin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)27 Birmingham(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)36 Bonn(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)25 Brussels(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)28 Cairo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 a.m.(COLUMN)48 Casablanca(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)12 a.m.(COLUMN)59 Copenhagen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)28 Dublin(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)37 Geneva(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)32 Hong Kong(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 a.m.(COLUMN)59 Jerusalem(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)2 a.m.(COLUMN)45 Lisbon(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)12 a.m.(COLUMN)48 London(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)37 Madrid(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)46 Malta(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)55 Manila(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 a.m.(COLUMN)79 Moscow(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)3 a.m.(COLUMN)14 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 a.m.(COLUMN)48 Nice(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)41 Osio(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)25 Paris(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)36 Peking(COLUMN)smoke(COLUMN)8 a.m.(COLUMN)16 Rome(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)41 Saigon(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 a.m.(COLUMN)73 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 a.m.(COLUMN)25 Stockholm(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)21 Tokyo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)9 a.m.(COLUMN)37 Tunis(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)55 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)12 Warsaw(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 a.m.(COLUMN)23(END TABLE) Temperatures (Western Hemisphere) (TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulco(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)70 Barbados(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)70 Bermuda(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)54 Bogota(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)34 Calgary(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)10 Havana(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)66 Kingston(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)72 Montego Bay(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)70 Mexico City(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)49 Monterrey(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)55 Montreal(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)-15 Nassau(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)66 Offawa(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3(COLUMN)-15 Regina(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)-9 St. Kitts(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)69 Toronto(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)-9 Vancouver(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)36 Veracruz(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)64 Winnipeg(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)10(END TABLE)