AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, afternoon flurries, cold. High 28. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, flurries, cold. Low 22. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, flurries, then partly sunny. High 33. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, flurries arriving, cold. High 26-29. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, flurries, cold. Low 20-23. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, flurries early, then partly sunny. High 32-35. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, flurries, cold, spotty coating. High 27-30. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, flurries, cold. Low 20-23. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, flurries, then partly sunny. High 32-35. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, snow, 1-3 inches. High 20-25. Low 17-22. Wind west 6-12 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, flurries, breezy. High 25-30. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, becoming mostly cloudy, flurries late today and tonight. High 25-30. Low 19-24. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny. High 28-33. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, becoming cloudy, afternoon flurries, freezing drizzle. High 27-37. Low 23-28. Wind north 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny. High 35-40. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, snow flurries arriving. Wind north to northwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly cloudy, flurries arriving. Wind northwest 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and 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 Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:24 a.m.

Set: 5:13 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 2:49 p.m.

Set: 4:36 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:41 a.m.

Set: 5:14 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 4:58 a.m.

Set: 2:34 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 9:34 a.m.

Set: 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 11:25 a.m.

Set: 12:30 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 12:06 p.m.

Set: 1:36 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 8:25 a.m.

Set: 6:39 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.