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Valley snow levels are low for this time of year

When it comes to our sense of the weather, a lot of it may actually be linked to perception.

"It's funny how your memory is different from the data," Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said.

In his 14 years with Methow Trails, while every year has been different, last year was exceptional - and that probably colors people's sense of the "typical" Methow winter, DeSalvo said.

Last winter, with copious dumps of early-season snow, Methow Trails opened its Nordic trail system on Nov. 7 - by far, the earliest ever. But Dec. 1 is the average opening date over the past 14 years.

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