WBZ News Update For February 23

Weather Warm-Up; Police Cruiser Crash; John Santiago Running For Mayor; Lawrence Church Fire

Video Transcript


LIAM MARTIN: I'm Liam Martin with a "WBZ News" update. Our top stories, a police cruiser involved in a crash in Westminster. The police chief telling us the officer was on patrol on Route 140 when he spotted a car going about 80 miles an hour. The officer tried to turn around and catch up but lost control from the slick conditions, hit a snowbank, and rolled over. The officer suffered minor injuries.

State representative John Santiago is joining the race to replace Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. In a campaign video launched overnight, Santiago says he is running for mayor to lead Boston through this crisis to a recovery. He says rooted in equity and opportunity. Santiago is also an ER doctor at Boston Medical Center and a captain in the US Army Reserve.

Fire crews racing to save an historic church in Lawrence. The fire started around 6:00 last night inside the rectory at the Holy Rosary Church on Essex Street. Firefighters managed to stop those flames from spreading to the main church, but there is smoke and water damage. A priest who was inside the rectory was able to escape safely. The cause is under investigation.

Let's get a check at the forecast now with meteorologist Zack Green Hey, Zack

ZACK GREEN: Good morning, Liam. And an overcast sky is bringing us through the morning hours. Really no concern overall right through midday. The afternoon will start to spark off a few of these isolated cases. And notice there's a difference in the colors for our higher elevation. We're looking at Worcester County and areas farther West. We have a chance of bringing in some wet snow. Not anticipating any accumulation there. However, we are going to deal with a few raindrops from the Lowell Connector down through Metro West, 495, 128, in the Boston area and maybe dodging a few drops to the Southeastern side, too.

We wipe the slate clean overnight. And that's leading to a beautiful Wednesday. We've been waiting for this one. Wall to wall sunshine in the morning. Fairweather clouds in the afternoon. Hovering right around 50 degrees with a calm Southwest wind. I think we can even open up the windows. Let that fresh air back in.

As we roll into high pressure for the end of the week, we will stay on a dry side right through Friday. However, then we're focusing on another round of activity for the upcoming weekend. Seemed split at this point. Saturday's the more active of the two. Mainly rain as temperatures will get between the low and mid-40s. But at the onset, we can't rule out a few flakes. Sunday's the winner though. Mostly sunny skies. In the low 50s, Liam.

LIAM MARTIN: Looks beautiful, Zake. Thank you. I'm Liam Martin. This has been a "WBZ News" update. Have a great day, everybody.