AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, variably cloudy, blowing snow, snow showers, an inch of accumulation. High 28. Wind west 12-22 mph. Tonight, snow showers, windy, cold. Low 18. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Thursday, flurries, windy. High 28. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, becoming cloudy, blowing snow, snow showers, another inch of accumulation. High 27-30. Wind west 10-20 mph. Tonight, snow showers, windy. Low 17-20. Wind west 15-25 mph. Thursday, flurries, windy. High 27-30. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, blowing snow, snow showers, a fresh 1-2 inches. High 27-30. Wind west 12-22 mph. Tonight, snow showers, windy. Low 17-20. Wind west 15-25 mph. Thursday, flurries, windy. High 27-30. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, snow showers, 2-4 inches. High 10-15. Low 2-7. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Thursday, mostly cloudy, flurries. High 15-20. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, then afternoon snow showers. High 32-36. Low 20-24. Wind west 15-25 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy, flurries. High 30-34. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, afternoon snow showers, windy. High 32-36. Low 22-30. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy. High 32-36. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, snow showers. Wind west to northwest 12-22 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, variably cloudy, snow showers. Wind west to northwest 15-25 knots. Waves 1-2 feet 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 hold near 3.1 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:20 a.m. 5:22 p.m.

Moon 11:34 p.m. 10:50 a.m.

Mercury 7:53 a.m. 5:52 p.m.

Venus 5:11 a.m. 2:43 p.m.

Mars 9:17 a.m. 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter 10:55 a.m. 12:03 a.m.

Saturn 11:35 a.m. 1:05 a.m.

Uranus 7:54 a.m. 6:09 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.