Weekend Forecast, Emerson College COVID Crackdown, Haverhill Schools Cyber Attack
KATE MERRILL: I'm Kate Merrill, with this WBZ news update. Our top story is now a cyber attack has canceled the first day back to school for hundreds of students in Haverhill. Second, third, and fourth graders were supposed to return to in-person learning today.
School officials say their computer and phone systems are down. They hope to have them fixed by tomorrow. Today will now be considered a snow day and will be made up at the end of the year.
All in-person activities at Emerson College are now banned because of a rise in COVID cases on campus. 26 members of the community tested positive last week. College officials say students should only leave their rooms to go to class or to study in the library, to get food or go to work or get a coronavirus test, or for physically-distanced individual exercise. These policies will remain in effect until at least next Wednesday.
Two more vaccination sites are being added to the state's preregistration system. Starting this week, eligible residents will be able to book appointments at the clinics in Marshfield and Amherst. The seven mass vaccination sites were already in the system. And the governor says more sites will be added in the coming weeks.
Let's get a check on your forecast on this Thursday with meteorologist Zack Green. And we're in a nice stretch, Zack.
ZACK GREEN: Absolutely stunning out there. And this morning has another round of sunshine, and temperatures are quickly on the move. Where coastal locations will probably hit a ceiling rather fast, we're only going to warm up a degree or two from where we currently stand, landing in the mid-50s for our afternoon highs. Away from the water, you have a little more sunshine to handle, and with it, your temperatures will spike into the low- and mid-60s. You won't have the influence of that onshore breeze that just doesn't seem to want to let up.
Day in and day out, there's been a wide gap between interior spots and those by the water. And that's going to be the trend for tomorrow as well, where those away from the coastline, they're likely going to check off 70 degrees. 128 right through 495, Worcester county, and north of the pike is going to be our warmest areas. Off to the south and east, we look to the low 60s, so a little bit warmer than where we've been for the week as a whole.
And this mild air is going to carry us into the upcoming weekend. But we are staring down another system that will bring us some scattered showers for Sunday, mainly in the afternoon. And we will need the rain at that point-- starting to get into a deficit, with the Massachusetts drought monitor suggesting that we are actually going to be in abnormally dry conditions for the moment.
And there's not a whole lot of rain to deal with. From Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, we're probably checking off just about 3/4 of an inch on average. Drying that up pretty quickly, too, though, Kate, and approaching 60 on Tuesday.
KATE MERRILL: All right, Zack. I'm Kate Merrill. This has been a WBZ news update. Have a great day.