AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, morning flurries, then variably cloudy, windy. High 37. Wind north 15-25 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, colder. Low 24. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, windy, cold, flurries. High 32. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, morning snow, then variably cloudy, windy. High 35-38. Wind north 15-25 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy. Low 22-25. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, windy, cold, flurries. High 30-33. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, morning snow southeast, then mostly cloudy, windy. High 35-38. Wind north 15-25 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 22-25. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, windy, cold, flurries. High 30-33. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, a few flurries. High 20-25. Low 10-15. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, windy, cold, snow showers. High 15-20. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, six inches or more of snow possible, windy. High 32-37. Low 22-27. Wind north 15-30 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, flurries. High 29-34. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

Virginia: Today, snow and ice ending as rain, windy. High 35-40. Low 27-34. Wind north 15-25 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurry. High 30-35. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, morning flurries, then mostly cloudy, windy. Wind north to northwest 15-25 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, snow early, then variably cloudy and windy today. Wind north 15-25 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac, 2-3 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.1 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.0 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:20 a.m. 5:20 p.m.

Moon 10:33 p.m. 10:20 a.m.

Mercury 7:51 a.m. 5:47 p.m.

Venus 5:09 a.m. 2:41 p.m.

Mars 9:19 a.m. 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter 10:59 a.m. 12:07 a.m.

Saturn 11:39 a.m. 1:09 a.m.

Uranus 7:58 a.m. 6:13 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.