AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, increasingly cloudy, cold. High 25. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, cloudy, snow. Low 22. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Sunday, 1 to perhaps 3 inches of snow early, then variably cloudy. High 32. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, increasingly cloudy. High 23-26. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, cloudy, snow. Low 20-23. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Sunday, 1-3 inches of snow early, then variably cloudy. High 30-33. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, increasingly cloudy. High 24-27. Wind west 6-12 mph. Tonight, cloudy, 1-3 inches of snow. Low 20-23. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Sunday, snow ending early, then variably cloudy, flurries, not as cold. High 32-35. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, cold, 2-4 inches of snow tonight. High 18-22. Low 12-16. Wind south 6-12 mph. Sunday, variably cloudy. High 30-34. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, increasingly cloudy, snow later tonight. High 22-27. Low 17-22. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Sunday, 1-3 inches of snow, variably cloudy. High 30-35. Wind west 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, snow arriving tonight. High 25-38. Low 20-30. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Sunday, snow changing to rain. High 35-40. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, increasingly cloudy, snow tonight. Wind west to northwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, increasingly cloudy, not as harsh. Wind west to northwest 6-12 knots. Waves under 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 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 Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:22 a.m.

Set: 5:17 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 7:15 p.m.

Set: 8:31 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:48 a.m.

Set: 5:33 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 5:05 a.m.

Set: 2:38 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 9:25 a.m.

Set: 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 11:10 a.m.

Set: 12:17 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 11:51 a.m.

Set: 1:20 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 8:10 a.m.

Set: 6:24 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.