AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, cold. High 36. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, flurries, cold. Low 26. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, blustery. High 42. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, cold. High 35-38. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, flurries, cold. Low 25-28. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy. High 40-43. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, cold, flurry late. High 34-37. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, flurries. Low 24-27. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy. High 39-42. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, flurries, 1 inch accumulation. High 24-29. Low 10-15. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny. High 29-34. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, flurries tonight. High 33-38. Low 23-28. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy. High 38-43. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, a flurry or two tonight. High 38-45. Low 25-30. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy. High 43-48. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, flurries late today and tonight. Wind west to northwest 8-15 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, flurries tonight. Wind west to northwest 8-16 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 3.5 feet this morning and predicts the stage to remain at 3.5 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:26 a.m. 4:53 p.m.

Moon 11:45 p.m. 11:50 a.m.

Mercury 6:44 a.m. 4:03 p.m.

Venus 4:17 a.m. 2:27 p.m.

Mars 10:16 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 12:48 p.m. 1:50 a.m.

Saturn 1:34 p.m. 3:03 a.m.

Uranus 9:44 a.m. 7:56 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.