AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, a flurry. High 38. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, windy, very cold. Low 25. Wind north 12-22 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 38. Wind north 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, blustery, colder, a flurry. High 37-40. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, very cold. Low 24-27. Wind north 12-22 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 37-40. Wind north 12-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, a flurry. High 35-38. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly clear, windy, very cold. Low 20-23. Wind north 10-20 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 35-38. Wind north 8-15 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, windy, very cold, snow showers bringing 3 to 6 inches. High 23-28. Low 10-15. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, cold. High 28-33. Wind west 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, windy, much colder, a flurry. High 38-43. Low 22-27. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, cold. High 38-43. Wind north 15-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, windy, much colder. High 40-45. Low 27-34. Wind north to northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, cold. High 38-43. Wind north 15-25 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, variably cloudy, windy, colder, flurries. Wind north to northwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, a flurry. Wind north to northwest 20-35 knots. Waves 2 feet on the Potomac, 2-3 feet on the Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.6 feet this morning and predicts the stage to rise to 3.8 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:06 a.m. 4:47 p.m.

Moon -- -- 1:17 p.m.

Mercury 5:23 a.m. 3:51 p.m.

Venus 3:24 a.m. 2:43 p.m.

Mars 11:03 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 2:41 p.m. 3:43 a.m.

Saturn 3:28 p.m. 5:00 a.m.

Uranus 11:31 a.m. 9:40 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.