AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, cold, tranquil. High 32. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, increasingly cloudy. Low 22. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Sunday, snow arriving early, then sleet and perhaps freezing rain late. High 32. Wind east to northeast 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, cold, little wind. High 31-34. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, becoming cloudy. Low 19-22. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Sunday, snow arriving, then ice and perhaps rain east late. High 31-34. Wind east to northeast 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, increasingly cloudy, cold, tranquil. High 30-33. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, cloudy, snow and sleet late. Low 19-22. Wind north 4-8 mph. Sunday, snow, sleet and freezing rain, perhaps rain east late. High 30-33. Wind northeast 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming cloudy, snow and sleet late, perhaps several inches at night. High 27-32. Low 18-23. Wind north 5-10 mph. Sunday, snow or flurries. High 27-32. Wind north 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, cold. High 32-36. Low 20-24. Wind northeast 8-14 mph. Sunday, becoming cloudy, then snow, followed by ice and rain late. High 32-36. Wind east 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, cold, snow and ice late at night. High 34-38. Low 24-28. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Sunday, snow and ice, then rain late. High 36-40. Wind east 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, increasingly cloudy, cold, snow late at night. Wind north to northeast 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, increasingly cloudy late, cold. Wind northeast 6-12 knots. Waves under 1 foot on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake 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 hold near 3.0 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:18 a.m.

Set: 5:25 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 1:31 a.m.

Set: 12:22 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:55 a.m.

Set: 6:08 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 5:15 a.m.

Set: 2:46 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 9:10 a.m.

Set: 8:46 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 10:44 a.m.

Set: 11:53 p.m.

Saturn

Rise: 11:24 a.m.

Set: 12:54 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 7:43 a.m.

Set: 5:59 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.