AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, variably cloudy, sprinkle. High 46. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, sprinkle early, perhaps a flurry late. Low 34. Wind north 5-10 mph. Sunday, partly to mostly sunny. High 44. Wind northeast 5-10 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, variably cloudy, sprinkle. High 45-48. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, sprinkles early, possible flurries late. Low 32-35. Wind north 5-10 mph. Sunday, partly sunny. High 42-45. Wind northeast 5-10 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, sprinkle or flurry. High 44-47. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, maybe flurries. Low 30-33. Wind north 5-10 mph. Sunday, partly to mostly sunny. High 41-44. Wind northeast 5-10 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, flurries, coating a few spots. High 37-42. Low 27-32. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, chilly. High 35-40. Wind northeast 5-10 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, variably cloudy, stray shower. High 44-49. Low 32-37. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Sunday, partly to mostly sunny. High 42-47. Wind northeast 5-10 mph.

Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, shower. High 49-57. Low 37-42. Wind north 6-12 mph. Sunday, showers, partly sunny. High 45-50. Wind northeast 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, sprinkle or flurry. Wind north to northwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, variably cloudy, stray shower. Wind northwest 6-12 knots. Waters will be nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and the 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 5.1 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:21 a.m.

Set: 4:48 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 2:02 p.m.

Set: 2:14 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 6:09 a.m.

Set: 3:47 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:57 a.m.

Set: 2:30 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 10:34 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 1:28 p.m.

Set: 2:29 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 2:14 p.m.

Set: 3:44 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 10:22 a.m.

Set: 8:33 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.