Just got home. 5.5" on my deck. I'm not about to say anything you don't already know but I do hear others often "wonder" if topography is why the Westminster death band always ends up in the same place. It most definitely is. Parrs ridge and the hills in northern Baltimore county are just high enough to create enough upslope flow to enhance precip. It's not drastic. But were already usually a few degrees colder to begin with then you add in just a bit of enhanced lift and that's why this happens every time. You can see it on just about every long range gfs or euro snow map in winter where the local snow maximums are in the same places.
Given those factors plus the heat islsnd and about the only times the urban corridor will beat those locations is when we really do get fringed and the back edge ends up between the 95 corridor and here. It can happen. But of course the odds of being on the edge is slim. Usually it either misses all of us or we manage to get into the decent qpf also and then given those advantages the typical climo spots will win.
Im not from up here. I grew up in south jersey then northern VA. I moved up here because of the snow climo advantage. Yea I also love the view and cooler summers and all but the main reason was the snow. Yes I'm that crazy. But I suffer for my snow. If there is any accidents it can take me forever to commute. Even a good day is almost an hour. But I don't regret it one but. Helps that I like to drive. Gives me time to think and reflect on things.
People joke about moving up here. Come on up. We need more weather weenies up here. I'll do more BBQs. It's a great place to live and the snow is real and if you don't mind the commute it's worth it. (From DC it's too much to up here but Demarcus to Mt Airy is a pretty good local max for that area and a doable drive). For those that can't I totally understand and I also understand the frustration each storm, I felt it to which is why I moved up here. If you can't beat em join em.