WBZ News Update For March 17

David Wade and Eric Fisher have your latest news and weather headlines.

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DAVID WADE: Thank you for joining us. I'm David Wade with this WBZ news update.

Our top story is Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt has died. He pushed his son Rick in a wheelchair across the marathon finish line 32 times. Hoyt retired from running after the 2014 marathon. Dick Hoyt was a legend and was 80 years old.

Governor Baker has released the full timeline of vaccine eligibility. Starting on Monday, people 60 and older and select groups of workers like grocery-store clerks can sign up for appointments. On April 5, those who are 55 and older or who have one health risk are eligible. All adults can then make appointments after April 19.

JetBlue is introducing a digital health passport for its flights from Boston to Aruba. When Logan passengers arrive in Aruba, the past will be scanned to show that they've had a negative COVID test within 72 hours. Aruba is the first country to adopt that program in hopes of streamlining visitors.

Let's get a check of the forecast now with Eric Fisher, and Aruba sounds pretty good with the snow we have coming on Friday.

ERIC FISHER: Yeah, it'll look a little wintry around here on Friday morning. We are tracking a storm system that's bringing severe storms to the South and eventually rain and some snow to us here in New England.

Tonight we'll stay dry. Partly cloudy skies. Temps bottoming out in the 30s. Might get a little sunshine in the morning tomorrow. Otherwise the clouds thicken up, and the rain develops a little after lunchtime.

We'll reach the low 50s in eastern mass. 40s in central Massachusetts before that rain rolls in. So the afternoon, the evening looking damp out there. You have that smell of rain. It's been a long time. We haven't had rain since the 1st of the month.

And then as we head into the overnight hours, especially around 11, 12 o'clock midnight, we'll see that flip to snow developing across New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. That band will increase across the area. And so we're going to coat up the ground. It'll be a very wintry look on Friday morning. Does end pretty early, just around sunrise.

Looks like most towns have a chance of two to four inches of snow overnight. Maybe some isolated totals up to five. A coating to two possible toward the south coast and the Cape. Not a ton but enough for slick travel late at night and into early Friday. Temps will be below freezing. And with this happening at night, there is a chance for this to accumulate on the roads.

Also, gusty northeast winds. Wind advisories are out from the south shore to the Cape and the islands. Some gusts 35 to 50 miles per hour are likely early on Friday.

The travel after midnight and into the start of the day, that's where we'll have the slickest conditions. But, David, within about an hour or two after sunrise, that sun angle will go to work and the pavement will be in good shape.

DAVID WADE: All right, sounds good to me. Eric Fisher, thank you so much. I'm David Wade. This has been a WBZ news update. We hope you have a great night. Be safe.