WBZ News Update For April 17

Ken MacLeod and Sarah Wroblewski have your latest news and weather headlines.

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KEN MACLEOD: Hi, everyone. Welcome to this WBZ Web Update. I'm Ken MacLeod. Here are some of the stories making news right now.

Vehicle registrations have resumed in Massachusetts, finally, after a computer glitch shut down the system that processes them. We're among several states that have been offline since March 31st, when a malware attack targeted [? A ?] [? Plus ?] Technologies, the Maryland company that processes inspections. The [? RMV ?] believes there are nearly 200,000 vehicles with March and April stickers that will need an inspection. Vehicles with expired stickers from those two months will have until May 31st to get an inspection.

A big milestone today for coronavirus vaccinations here in Massachusetts. 2 million people are now fully vaccinated in the state. So far, just over 5 million doses of the vaccine have gone into arms, and on Monday, all Massachusetts residents 16 and older will be eligible to sign up for the vaccine.

Meantime, here's a look at the latest coronavirus numbers here. 1,600 new cases reported today from almost 98,000 tests. 10 new deaths have been reported by state health officials, and 693 people remain hospitalized. Right now, the positivity rate is at 2.15%.

The Old North Church reopened its doors today, ending a 13-month shutdown due to the pandemic. It is the city's oldest surviving church and one of the first sites to reopen along the Freedom Trail. Tomorrow, it'll hold a lantern lighting ceremony to mark the 246th anniversary of Paul Revere's famous signal [INAUDIBLE]. It was one of the key events, as you might recall, leading up to the start of the American Revolution.

All right, let's go ahead and check on that forecast now. The snow is still melting to the west and north of the city, but meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski says the temps are going to really help out with that job over the next few days.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: Yeah, it was a struggle today, but we've got big improvements heading our way. So 40s to 50 degrees, that's what we saw today. The clouds sticking around, and even a few spot showers out there, but really, most places saw less than a tenth of an inch.

Now, this storm system is continuing to pull away. It's just doing so ever so slowly. So it'll continue to be influenced with some clouds around as we go through the overnight hours, but a few breaks in the cloud cover for tomorrow will help boost temperatures. I do expect, though, with some moisture above, the clouds will fill back in through the afternoon. Can't rule out an isolated shower, but the chances will be more likely through central and western parts of the state.

As for Monday, similar conditions, starting off with some sunshine, a mix of sun and clouds. And again, an isolated shower threat out to the west. But Tuesday, that's when we really see big improvements. Mostly sunny skies, and temperatures will be warming up quite nicely. So tonight, we fall back through the 30s and 40s. Mostly cloudy, perhaps some areas of fog out there. And we'll see breaks in the cloud cover tomorrow, but also, again, those clouds filling back in through the afternoon.

Look at the temperature, though. About 10 degrees warmer than it is today. So we'll climb into the 50s along the coast, close to 60 inland. Really looking pretty fantastic. Lower 60s for your Monday, and then as we head into Tuesday, could even near 70 degrees with that sunshine. That comes ahead of a cold front, though, that will bring us the chances of some showers late Wednesday into Thursday and drop back our temperatures into the 50s to finish off the week. Ken?

KEN MACLEOD: All right, Sarah, thanks. That is a check of your top stories from CBSBoston.com. Hope you have a great night. See you next time.