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Heavy snow Feb. 24 at the beach

Observer staff report

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Forecasts were correct, with heavy snow falling at times Friday morning at sea level on the south Washington coast.

Snow started just after 6:30 a.m., with about 3 inches on the ground on...

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