Overall, the forecast worked out fairly well for most of the region this time around. If you go to the NWS page that hosts the snowfall map to the left, you’ll find it is interactive. You can pan and zoom into different places and see more reports.
We had banding set up across extreme southeastern NY, southern CT, RI and southeastern MA for a while with this, and that resulted in a few amounts above the forecast range. This type of banding usually occurs in these storms, but it is difficult/impossible to locate where the band will set up in advance. Notice the significant difference in snow amounts between areas north of I-84 (and I-90 east of Sturbridge, MA) and south of these highways.
There is no way to forecast to the inch exactly how much snow will fall in each town ahead of time during these storms. The best we can do is to be right for more places than we are wrong. Heck, I am still amazed that it is even possible to know in advance that it is going to snow. Until very recent history people never knew when snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc were about to descend on them and millions died as a result. The fact that many people now expect us to be able to forecast snow amounts to the exact inch, town by town, ahead of time, shows me just how much advancement has taken place in this field in the past few decades. That advancement is directly related to the increasing computer processing speeds and development of sophisticated programs/models that run on these supercomputers. It’s much more populist to say that you can forecast the weather looking out the window, using signs of nature and/or folklore, but that simply can’t compare to the tools that are now available to us. (When’s the last time a woolly bear caterpillar gave you a snowfall range for the I-95 corridor 3 days out)?
Thanks for your comments during this past storm (even the snarky ones). Everything is helpful in fine tuning for the next storm. Now let’s think of some ways to stay warm during the rest of the week!