AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, morning snow, 2 to 4 inches, flurries later on. High 36. Wind north 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, windy, colder. Low 18. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, sunny, windy, very cold. High 22. Wind northwest 20-40 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, snow, 2 to 4 inches, then flurries late. High 35-38. Wind northeast 10-20 mph. Tonight, becoming clear, windy, much colder. Low 15-18. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, sunny, windy, very cold. High 20-23. Wind northwest 20-40 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, morning snow, 2 to 4 inches, then partly sunny. High 34-37. Wind north 10-20 mph. Tonight, clear, windy, colder. Low 14-17. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, sunny, windy, very cold. High 20-23. Wind northwest 20-40 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, 3 to 6 inches of snow, then flurries. High 25-30. Low 0-5. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Friday, variably cloudy, windy, frigid, flurries. High 5-10. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, snow, ice, rain, 2 to 4 inches. High 34-39. Low 18-23. Wind southeast 10-20 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, windy, much colder. High 20-25. Wind northwest 20-40 mph.

Virginia: Today, snow, ice changing to rain, then partly sunny late. High 38-44. Low 20-32. Wind southeast 10-20 mph. Friday, sunny, windy, colder. High 25-35. Wind north 15-25 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, morning snow, then partly sunny, windy. Wind north to northwest 12-25 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, snow, ice, then clearing late. Wind becoming north 12-25 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2-3 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.2 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.2 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:23 a.m. 5:15 p.m.

Moon 4:54 p.m. 6:47 a.m.

Mercury 7:45 a.m. 5:23 p.m.

Venus 5:01 a.m. 2:36 p.m.

Mars 9:30 a.m. 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter 11:17 a.m. 12:24 a.m.

Saturn 11:59 a.m. 1:28 a.m.

Uranus 8:17 a.m. 6:31 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.