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Snowstorm may bring 30 inches as anticipation builds in Mass.

Big snows, and big buildup, come with the territory

The nor’easter forecast to slam the state Friday is creating a perfect storm of expectations, fueled by increasingly dire weather reports, a flurry of tweets relying on the reams of raw data available online, and the yearning of at least some in the populace for the first major snowfall in the Boston area in two years.

Snow is an annual rite of passage we were ­denied, or escaped, last winter. The approach of the storm — whether you view it as a potentially dangerous nuisance, an excuse to skip school or work, or a badge of New England courage — is generating a frenzy of pent-up exhilaration.

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