WBZ Evening News Update For February 23

State calls for elementary schools to fully return to the classroom by April; Governor Baker said to stay tuned when asked about fans returning to stadiums; State Representative Jon Santiago will run for mayor of Boston; Latest forecast.

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LISA HUGES: Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining us. I'm Lisa Hughes and this is a WBZ news update. Governor Baker and state education officials are calling for elementary school students to return to in-person learning by April. The state wants to remove the hybrid and remote options. Older students would follow weeks after. The teacher's union, though, is against the move.

They say they want to have all of their members vaccinated before kids return. There is some hope that fans may be allowed back into places like Fenway Park and the TD Garden. When WBZ ask Governor Baker about that, the governor simply said stay tuned.

Now, New York is allowing fans into stadiums for the first time tonight, with 10% capacities and coronavirus testing. State representative Dr. John Santiago is getting into the race for Boston mayor. In a campaign video, Dr. Santiago says he's running for mayor to lead the city through the coronavirus crisis and through its recovery, one that he says must be rooted in equity and opportunity.

Santiago is also an ER doctor at Boston Medical Center and a captain in the US Army Reserve. Warming up outside, which is really nice. Want to get a check of the forecast with Eric.

ERIC FISHER: I think I feels spring around the corner out there today. We've got a few speckled rain and snow showers, they're going to dry up overnight. Temps not falling back too much, just around the freezing mark out there. So we'll have a good launching pad for tomorrow morning and a really nice day.

We'll see a mix of sun and clouds, temps well into the 40s, a little warmer than we had today. Southwest breeze will pick up, especially in the afternoon, and be a good day for melting. A lot of melting snow on the way in for Wednesday.

Mid 40s in Central Mass, upper 40s to Eastern Massachusetts. A couple of warmer spots may just touch 50 during the afternoon. We haven't done that all that much this winter. And then we'll watch a front come through on Wednesday evening. And with that a couple of rain showers and a shot of colder air and some blustery conditions. That'll be here for Thursday.

So temps to head back down a little bit, closer to 40 on Thursday and Friday will mostly stay in the 30s. Meanwhile, the weekend jumps back up but it brings with it a chance for rain on Saturday. Lisa?

- All right, Eric. Thank you and thanks for being with us. This has been a WBZ news update.