AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 38. Wind north 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, windy, very cold. Low 24. Wind northwest 12-22 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, chilly, less wind later on. High 48. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, blustery, cold. High 37-40. Wind north 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, windy, very cold. Low 22-25. Wind northwest 12-22 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, chilly, diminishing wind late. High 45-48. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 35-38. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, breezy, very cold. Low 20-23. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, chilly. High 45-48. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 30-35. Low 17-22. Wind north 10-20 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 37-42. Wind northwest 8-15 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, flurries. High 35-40. Low 25-30. Wind north 15-30 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, windy, chilly. High 40-45. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. High 38-43. Low 28-33. Wind north 15-30 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, windy, chilly. High 40-45. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, blustery, cold. Wind north to northwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, a flurry. Wind north 15-30 knots. Waves 2 feet on the Potomac, 2-4 feet on the Chesapeake Bay.

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

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:07 a.m.

Set: 4:46 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 12:54 a.m.

Set: 1:47 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:23 a.m.

Set: 3:49 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:26 a.m.

Set: 2:42 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:02 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 2:36 p.m.

Set: 3:39 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 3:24 p.m.

Set: 4:55 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 11:27 a.m.

Set: 9:36 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.