AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurry. High 46. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, cold. Low 28. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 48. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold. High 44-47. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, cold. Low 27-30. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 47-50. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. High 43-46. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, cold. Low 25-28. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 46-49. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, windy, cold, coating of snow. High 32-37. Low 17-22. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny. High 37-42. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold. High 45-50. Low 28-33. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, windy, chilly. High 48-53. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, windy, cooler. High 48-55. Low 32-37. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, windy, cool. High 48-53. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, flurries. Wind northwest at 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. Wind northwest 15-30 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-3 feet on the Chesapeake.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.1 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.1 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 6:51 a.m.

Set: 4:54 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 1:17 p.m.

Set: -- -- -- --

Mercury

Rise: 6:43 a.m.

Set: 4:49 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:02 a.m.

Set: 2:57 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:23 a.m.

Set: 8:49 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 3:39 p.m.

Set: 4:44 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 4:26 p.m.

Set: 6:00 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 12:25 p.m.

Set: 10:33 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Forecasts for Washington area, 202-334-9000 code 9100.

Long range regional forecasts, 703-260-0405.

Chesapeake Bay boating forecast, 703-260-0505.

Recreational and traveler's forecast, 703-260-0706.

Smithsonian Institution star/planet information, 202-357-2000.

Air Quality Index, 202-962-3299.