AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, frosty early, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 58. Wind south 4-8 mph. Tonight, increasingly cloudy. Low 42. Wind south 5-5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, breezy, mild, rain at times. High 60. Wind south to southwest 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, frosty areas early, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 57-60. Wind south 5-10 mph. Tonight, increasingly cloudy. Low 40-43. Wind south 5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, breezy, mild, periods of rain. High 60-63. Wind south 12-22 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, scattered frost early, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 55-58. Wind south 4-8 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy. Low 40-43. Wind south 5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, breezy, mild, rain at times. High 58-61. Wind southwest 12-22 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, mild. High 53-58. Low 40-45. Wind south 6-12 mph. Friday, turning colder, rain early, then snow showers. High early 42-47. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, a mild afternoon. High 57-62. Low 37-42. Wind variable 4-8 mph. Friday, cloudy, breezy, times of rain, mild. High 59-64. Wind south 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, a mild afternoon. High 58-63. Low 40-47. Wind south to southeast 4-8 mph. Friday, mostly cloudy, showers, mild, breezy. High 60-65. Wind south 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. Wind south to southeast 4-8 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. Wind south to southeast 5-10 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.4 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.3 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rises Sets

Sun 7:14 a.m. 4:46 p.m.

Moon 8:28 a.m. 6:23 p.m.

Mercury 5:39 a.m. 3:43 p.m.

Venus 3:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m.

Mars 10:49 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 2:04 p.m. 3:05 a.m.

Saturn 2:51 p.m. 4:21 a.m.

Uranus 10:56 a.m. 9:06 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.