AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, very windy, cold. High 23. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, frigid, less wind late. Low 7. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, cold. High 25. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, very windy, cold. High 22-25. Wind northwest 20-40 mph. Tonight, clear, bitterly cold, less wind late. Low 5-8. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, cold. High 22-25. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, very windy, cold. High 23-26. Wind northwest 20-40 mph. Tonight, clear, very cold, less wind late. Low 4-7. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, increasingly cloudy, cold. High 23-26. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, flurries leaving 1-3 inches, windy, frigid. High 6-10. Low -2 to 2. Saturday, increasingly cloudy, cold. High 14-18. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, very windy, much colder. High 20-25. Low 8-13. Wind north to northwest 25-45 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, cold. High 20-25. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, windy, much colder. High 23-35. Low 12-20. Wind north to northwest 20-35 mph. Saturday, increasingly cloudy, cold. High 25-35. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, flurries, partly sunny, very windy, very cold. Wind north to northwest 20-40 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, very windy, very cold. Wind northwest 20-40 knots. Waves 2-3 feet on the lower Potomac and 3-5 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 Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:23 a.m. 5:16 p.m.

Moon 6:04 p.m. 7:43 a.m.

Mercury 7:46 a.m. 5:28 p.m.

Venus 5:03 a.m. 2:37 p.m.

Mars 9:27 a.m. 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter 11:14 a.m. 12:20 a.m.

Saturn 11:55 a.m. 1:24 a.m.

Uranus 8:13 a.m. 6:28 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.