AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, late rain possible. High 48. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, rain possibly ending as wet snow late. Low 32. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, breezy, colder. High 38. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, rain possible late. High 47-50. Wind north 6-12 mph. Tonight, rain possibly turning into wet snow. Low 32-35. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, breezy, colder. High 37-40. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, rain late. High 45-48. Wind north 6-12 mph. Tonight, rain, perhaps changing to wet snow. Low 31-34. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, breezy, colder. High 35-38. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, snow accumulating 2-4 inches. High 29-34. Low 15-20. Wind north 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, flurries. High 20-25. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, rain tonight possibly turning into wet snow. High 45-50. Low 32-37. Wind north 8-16 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny. High 38-43. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, afternoon showers. High 50-57. Low 37-45. Wind north to northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, colder. High 40-45. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, rain and wet snow possible late. Wind north to northwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, cloudy, rain late. Wind north to northwest 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.2 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 4.1 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Rise Set

Sun 7:23 a.m. 4:49 p.m.

Moon 4:11 p.m. 5:48 a.m.

Mercury 6:20 a.m. 3:51 p.m.

Venus 4:03 a.m. 2:29 p.m.

Mars 10:29 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:16 p.m. 2:17 a.m.

Saturn 2:02 p.m. 3:31 a.m.

Uranus 10:11 a.m. 8:21 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.