AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, variably cloudy, shower. High 50. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly clear, colder. Low 28. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 48. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, showers. High 47-50. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly clear, colder late. Low 27-30. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 47-50. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, variably cloudy, shower. High 47-50. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly clear, colder late. Low 25-28. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 47-50. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, flurries early, then partly sunny. High 38-43. Low 18-23. Wind west 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 38-42. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, rain, mild. High 45-50. Low 27-32. Wind west to southwest 7-14 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 45-50. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, cloudy, milder, rain at times. High 49-59. Low 30-35. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, becoming mostly sunny, breezy. High 47-52. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, variably cloudy, shower of rain or wet snow. Wind west to southwest 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly cloudy, shower, mild. Wind west to southwest 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 3.3 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.3 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:27 a.m.

Set: 5:01 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 8:00 a.m.

Set: 6:01 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:16 a.m.

Set: 4:30 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 4:37 a.m.

Set: 2:28 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 9:56 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 12:06 p.m.

Set: 1:09 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 12:54 p.m.

Set: 2:23 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 9:06 a.m.

Set: 7:19 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.