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It's Cold out There, Even for Hardy New Englanders

• AP

Train equipment froze, cars sputtered, schools canceled classes and cold-weather enthusiasts opted to stay inside Monday as a bitter blast of below-zero temperatures gripped the Northeast.

The gasp-inducing cold — temperatures reached into the minus-30s with wind chill factors even colder — tested the mettle even of New Englanders, who pride themselves on winter hardiness.