AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, a flurry late. High 42. Wind west 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, colder, a few flurries. Low 24. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Friday, a flurry early, then partly sunny, windy, cold. High 36. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, a flurry late. High 40-43. Wind west 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, colder, flurries. Low 22-25. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Friday, a flurry, then partly sunny, windy, cold. High 35-38. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, a flurry late. High 39-42. Wind west 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, colder, a snow shower or two. Low 20-23. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Friday, a flurry, then partly sunny, windy, cold. High 33-36. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, snow squalls bringing 1-2 inches, windy. High 27-32. Low 8-13. Wind northwest 12-22 mph. Friday, windy, cold, partly sunny, flurries. High 15-20. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, flurries possible tonight. High 40-45. Low 23-28. Wind west 8-16 mph. Friday, a flurry, then partly sunny. High 35-40. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly to mostly sunny, a flurry possible tonight. High 45-55. Low 27-38. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Friday, partly sunny, colder. High 40-45. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, flurries late. Wind west to northwest increasing to 10-20 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, perhaps a snow flurry late. Wind west 8-16 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.0 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.9 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:24 a.m. 4:50 p.m.

Moon 6:11 p.m. 8:07 a.m.

Mercury 6:27 a.m. 3:54 p.m.

Venus 4:07 a.m. 2:28 p.m.

Mars 10:25 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:08 p.m. 2:09 a.m.

Saturn 1:54 p.m. 3:23 a.m.

Uranus 10:03 a.m. 8:14 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.