Being from New Orleans(I think that's what you said), you deserve a good event. Believe it or not, we can score some sweet ones around here. Our snow climatology at Dulles is very similar to Philadelphia and NYC.
That's because you only ran it out to 78 hours. 78 hours from yesterday's 18z is pre-storm. The trend went the other way on the gefs. Less snowy rather than more snowy. Exactly the opposite point you were trying to make.