AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. High 28. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, very cold. Low 14. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 32. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. High 25-28. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, very cold. Low 11-14. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 30-33. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, flurries. High 25-28. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, very cold. Low 10-13. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, breezy, cold. High 30-33. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, windy, cold, snow showers, 1-2 inches. High 12-17. Low 5-10. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, partly sunny. High 25-30. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, snow shower. High 25-30. Low 12-17. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, cold. High 27-32. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, windy, cold, flurry. High 30-38. Low 15-20. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, cold. High 35-40. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, variably cloudy, windy, cold, snow shower. Wind northwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, windy, cold, snow shower. Wind northwest 15-30 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac, 2 feet on the bay.

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

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:19 a.m. 5:23 p.m.

Moon -- -- -- -- 11:20 a.m.

Mercury 7:54 a.m. 5:57 p.m.

Venus 5:12 a.m. 2:44 p.m.

Mars 9:15 a.m. 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter 10:52 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

Saturn 11:31 a.m. 1:01 a.m.

Uranus 7:51 a.m. 6:06 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.