WBZ Evening News Update For April 14, 2021

Police release surveillance photos of suspect vehicle in hit & run in Somerville; Body of Capitol Police Officer William Evans will return to North Adams; UMass tuition freeze approved for most in-state and out-of-state students; Latest weather forecast.

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Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining us. I'm Lisa Hughes, and this is a WBZ News update. State police are hoping that new images of a van will lead them to a hit and run driver. The 72-year-old victim is hospitalized with life threatening injuries. He was hit Monday night on McGrath Highway in Somerville. Troupers are looking for a white Ford Transit van with some pretty distinguishing features including a large sunroof and windows on the side, which you don't typically see on these Ford Transit vans.

The body of US Capitol Police officer William Billy Evans will return to Massachusetts on Wednesday night. Tuesday, fellow officers, the president joined family members in paying tribute to him in the Capitol rotunda. People in North Adams tonight will be lining the streets as officer Evans body arrives. His funeral service is set for Thursday in Adams.

UMass trustees have voted to freeze tuition for most students. This is a freeze that applies to all students at UMass Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell. But at UMass Amherst, it only applies to students from Massachusetts. This is the second consecutive year that the school has implemented a tuition freeze. And freeze might be the operative word as we look to the forecast and some parts of our area are actually going to be getting snow. Let's get the latest now with Eric Fisher.

ERIC FISHER: Yup, April always throws a couple of last punches, and we're going get one of those as we head into the end of the week. Tonight, clouds will be on the increase lates, overnight lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Some rain will breakout by mid to late morning in Central Mass, but it will very slowly move east. So if you're in Eastern Mass especially near the coast, it'll take all day before the rain gets to you. So you'll be able to get in most of the day's activities under dry conditions.

The rain picks up overnight, steadiest and heaviest maybe even some Thunder. As temperatures drop, we start to flip over to snowfall, we'll have a best chance of accumulating across the highest elevations. Temperatures never really go below freezing, so this will be a heavy, wet snow, and it will look like winter in some of these Central Mass and southern New Hampshire towns when we wake up on Friday morning.

But the intensity starts to wind down during the day on Friday. So it'll be unsettled, some scattered rain and snow. But once you get to this time of year if the sun's out even behind the clouds and temperatures are above freezing, you're going to net lose snow even as snow is falling. So most of that accumulation is overnight.

Rain amounts 1 to 2" across most of the area, good much needed soaking. The snow, well, most likely in the northern Worcester hills and especially the Monadnock region, the Berkshires, and the Greens. That will see quite a bit of heavy wet snow. There'll be a power outage risk especially toward the Berkshires and the Greens. Lisa.

LISA HUGHES: All right, lots to take you there, Eric. Thanks so much, and Thanks for being with us. This has been a WBZ News update.