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It was only two short weeks ago that we thought we could take those 30 or so inches of snow just deposited on us in stride.

After all, we’re New Englanders. We can handle it.

But now, a fortnight and 40 additional inches of snow later, we’re not so sure.

It’s not wise to tempt Mother Nature.

When did Boston become Buffalo?

The litany of weather-related repercussions from this combination of record-breaking snowfall and bone-chilling cold has tested the will of even the hardiest among us.

With shovels and snowblowers, we have spent countless hours clearing our driveways and sidewalks, only to have another burst of snow or snowplow driver render that effort null and void.

Just getting around becomes a chore, and if you’re not fortunate enough to have a garage or designated parking area, you’re faced with that daily struggle to secure that coveted, cleared-out space.

Leave your car at home and take public transportation? How’s that working? Amid continual malfunctions and serious delays bedeviling both transit and trains, the MBTA called a self-imposed end to this madness by suspending service Monday night to give it time to perform maintenance on its overworked and obsolete equipment, hoping to restore some degree of normalcy for its shellshocked commuters.

From school cancellations to business shutdowns, everyone has paid a price for living in New England this winter. It’s enough to make you pine for your warm home at the end of the day.

But what do you see when you get there? Houses straining under the weight of snow-encased roofs, making them look more like igloos. And icicles the size of swords hanging precariously from gutters, a possible sign of ceiling leaks or other unpleasant complications.

Despite this unrelenting winter wallop, there are still examples of the warmth of human kindness, of kind folks digging out elderly neighbors and first responders going above and beyond when babies don’t want to wait to get to a hospital delivery room to be born.

So what lies ahead? Is there any relief in sight? Well, in the short term, it looks like the storm forecast for today might spare our area, but there’s already talk of another potential blockbuster Sunday into Monday.

But take heart, Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to training camp in sunny and warm Fort Myers on Feb. 20.

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