LONG BEACH — Small-town coastal Washington news doesn’t get much smaller: A chicken coop burned down on Sandridge Road last week.

But the Jan. 5 incident, in which no chickens lost their lives, was just one of many examples of local struggles with a cold snap that was long and severe by the standards of Washington’s south coast. A low of 16.4 degrees was recorded that night at Washington State University’s facility on Pioneer Road in north Long Beach. That low was preceded by 20 degrees on Jan. 4 and followed by 19.6 degrees on Jan. 6.

Many ponds and lakes froze over, and icy patches on shaded roadways made for hazardous driving conditions.

One upside: At least the fleas will be dead for a while. Another: A prolonged period of above-normal temperatures is predicted to start early next week

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