AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy. High 50. Wind west to northwest 12-22 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly, less wind later. Low 30. Wind west 7-14 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, chilly. High 46. Wind west 10-18 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly to mostly sunny, blustery. High 50-53. Wind west 12-25 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly, diminishing wind. Low 29-32. Wind west 7-14 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, chilly. High 45-48. Wind west 10-18 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, blustery, showers. High 47-50. Wind west 12-22 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly clear, chilly, diminishing wind. Low 27-30. wind west 6-12 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, chilly. High 43-46. Wind west 10-18 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, snow, then partly cloudy, windy, cold. High 30-35. Low 20-25. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Friday, partly sunny. High 35-40. Wind west 10-20mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly to mostly sunny, windy. High 50-55. Low 29-34. Wind west to northwest 15-25 mph. Friday, mostly sunny. High 47-52. Wind west 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, windy. High 54-59. Low 30-39. Wind west to northwest 12-22 mph. Friday, mostly sunny. High 50-55. Wind west 8-15 knots.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, windy, light rain. Wind west to northwest 12-22 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy at times. Wind west to northwest 12-25 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.7 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 4.4 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:20 a.m. 4:47 p.m.

Moon 12:56 p.m. 12:04 a.m.

Mercury 6:02 a.m. 3:46 p.m.

Venus 3:53 a.m. 2:31 p.m.

Mars 10:38 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:36 p.m. 2:37 a.m.

Saturn 2:23 p.m. 3:52 a.m.

Uranus 10:30 a.m. 8:40 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.