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Nor’easter provides generous wallop of cold and wind to Boston region

Paige Gill of Boston didn’t let snow prevent her from doing her training jogging and walking along Memorial Drive in Cambridge.
Paige Gill of Boston didn’t let snow prevent her from doing her training jogging and walking along Memorial Drive in Cambridge.Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

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It’s hard to think of a good nor’easter, but the first of 2014 was definitely on the harsh end of the scale. It was insultingly cold; the wind blew snow sideways; and it hit on arguably the most depressing day of the year, the first day back to work after the holidays.

For a good long while, the best thing about it was that it reminded humans that they can, if need be, walk backwards.

On Friday morning, the snow softened enough so that people could go outside and and remember what single-digit temperatures feel like.

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