AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy, midday shower. High 52. Wind west 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, breezy, colder. Low 34. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy. High 52. Wind west 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, windy, passing shower. High 49-52. Wind west 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, breezy, colder. Low 32-35. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy. High 49-52. Wind west 12-22 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, windy, passing shower. High 47-50. Wind west 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, breezy, colder. Low 31-34. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, sunny early, then increasingly cloudy. High 47-50. Wind west 12-22 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, windy, snow showers early, then partly sunny. High 38-43. Low 20-25. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, increasingly cloudy. High 40-45. Wind west 12-22 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, windy, passing shower. High 55-60. Low 32-37. Wind west 15-30 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny. High 52-57. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, becoming mostly sunny, windy. High 59-67. Low 35-40. Wind west to northwest 15-25 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny. High 55-60. Wind west 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, windy, shower of rain or wet snow. Wind west 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, passing shower north. Wind west 15-30 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-4 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 rise to 4.0 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Rise Set

Sun 7:26 a.m. 5:05 p.m.

Moon 10:28 a.m. 9:56 p.m.

Mercury 7:26 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

Venus 4:45 a.m. 2:29 p.m.

Mars 9:48 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 11:51 a.m. 12:55 a.m.

Saturn 12:38 p.m. 2:07 a.m.

Uranus 8:51 a.m. 7:04 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.