AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, flurries. High 32. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, very cold. Low 19. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 34. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, blustery, colder, a flurries. High 32-35. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, very cold. Low 17-20. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 34-37. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, a few flurries. High 30-33. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, clearing, very cold. Low 15-18. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, mostly 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 15-20. Low 2-7. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, windy, cold. High 20-25. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, colder, flurries. High 30-35. Low 18-23. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy, cold. High 32-37. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy, colder, stray flurries. High 35-42. Low 22-30. Wind north to northwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny. High 39-44. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, variably cloudy, flurries, windy, colder. Wind northwest 10-20 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, colder, flurries. Wind northwest 10-20 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac, 1-2 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.9 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.8 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

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Sun 7:24 a.m. 4:51 p.m.

Moon 7:20 p.m. 9:06 a.m.

Mercury 6:30 a.m. 3:55 p.m.

Venus 4:09 a.m. 2:28 p.m.

Mars 10:23 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:04 p.m. 2:05 a.m.

Saturn 1:50 p.m. 3:19 a.m.

Uranus 9:59 a.m. 8:10 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.