AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny in the morning, increasingly cloudy in the afternoon. High 46. Wind west 10-18 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower late. Low 36. Wind west 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy, showers. High 46. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, a chilly wind. High 45-48. Wind west 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low 36-39. Wind west 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy, showers. High 45-48. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy, a chilly breeze. High 43-46. Wind west 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower late. Low 33-36. Wind west 4-8 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy, showers. High 43-46. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming cloudy, flurries late. High 35-40. Low 25-30. Wind west 6-12 mph. Saturday, cloudy, snow, small accumulation possible. High 35-40. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, a chilly breeze. High 45-50. Low 32-37. Wind west 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy, showers possible. High 45-50. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a chilly breeze. High 48-58. Low 36-46. Wind west 8-16 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, shower possible. High 45-55. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy later. Wind west 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy. Wind west 10-18 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 5.2 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 5.0 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 1:28 p.m. 1:08 a.m.

Mercury 6:05 a.m. 3:47 p.m.

Venus 3:55 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

Mars 10:36 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:32 p.m. 2:33 a.m.

Saturn 2:18 p.m. 3:48 a.m.

Uranus 10:26 a.m. 8:36 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.