WBZ Update For February 23, 2021

WBZ-TV's Paula Ebben and Sarah Wroblewski have your latest news and weather.

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PAULA EBBEN: Thanks for joining us. I'm Paula Ebben with a WBZ News updater. Top stories, a major development in the push to get Massachusetts students back in the classroom. The Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner says he wants the authority to eliminate the options for remote or hybrid learning once he believes it's safe enough to do so. The goal is to get all elementary school students learning in-person five days a week by April. Parents would have the option for their children to remain in remote learning for the remainder of the year.

Secretary of Education James Peyser told our Jon Keller, he believes schools are safe for students and teachers. He estimates that 15% of Massachusetts schools are currently doing fully in-person learning, 20% are fully remote, and about 60% are hybrid. Massachusetts reported more than 1,100 new cases yesterday, 26 new deaths, hospitalizations and active cases continue to fall, and the seven-day positive test rate is at 1.9%. Let's get a check of the forecast now with meteorologist, Sarah Wroblewski.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And temperatures continue to climb through the 40s across Eastern Massachusetts. A little bit cooler north and west, and there is a disturbance that will provide the risk of a few showers as we go through the afternoon. In fact, you can see it swinging on through here. May lose some of its steam as it pushes eastward through New England, but just can't rule out that shower as you go through the afternoon. And into the evening hours, very hit or miss, won't impact every community, and really not much of an impact.

We dry out overnight. Temperatures fall back through the lower 30s, partially clear. And we start off with sunshine and dry conditions for your day tomorrow. Absolutely the pick of the week as temperatures will soar into the mid to upper 40s, if not nearing 50 degrees, which is above average for this time of year. So looking pretty good through the week.

If you have any vaccine appointments, we are watching as a disturbance comes through on Thursday with some clouds. That will cool us back down. In fact, that seven-day forecast does feature temperatures back into the 30s with sunshine on Friday. And then our next storm system approaches with a wintry mix potentially on Saturday before temperatures warm back into the 50s for the second 1/2 of the weekend.

PAULA EBBEN: Thanks, Sarah. I'm Paula Ebben. This has been a WBZ News update. Have a good day.

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