AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, flurries early, then partly sunny. High 40. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cold. Low 26. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, flurries possible at night. High 40. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, snow early, then partly sunny. High 40-43. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cold. Low 24-27. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, flurries possible at night. High 40-43. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, flurries early, then partly sunny. High 39-42. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cold. Low 22-25. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, flurries possible at night. High 39-42. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, cold. High 27-32. Low 15-20. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Thursday, variably cloudy, flurries, cold. High 30-35. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, a bit of snow or flurries early, then partly sunny. High 40-44. Low 26-30. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Thursday, partly sunny. High 40-44. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, rain, wet snow early, then partly sunny. High 44-50. Low 29-39. Wind north 6-12 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny. High 44-48. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, a flurry early, then partly sunny, cold. Wind north to northwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, flurries, then partly sunny. Wind north to northwest 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.1 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 4.0 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:23 a.m. 4:50 p.m.

Moon 5:08 p.m. 7:00 a.m.

Mercury 6:23 a.m. 3:52 p.m.

Venus 4:05 a.m. 2:28 p.m.

Mars 10:27 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:12 p.m. 2:13 a.m.

Saturn 1:58 p.m. 3:27 a.m.

Uranus 10:07 a.m. 8:18 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.