About a week ad a half ago I mentioned that I thought we had a window form the 20th-27th for our first legitimate snowfall and it appears that we may have two snowfalls within that window (granted the clipper will be minor, but compared to 1.1" on the season we could double that). Still some time to go before Friday, but I am feeling fairly confident the the flakes will be flying. It won't be a huge storm, but compared to what we've had the last two winters I am sure we'd all be pleased with 2-4 or 3-6 inches. Beyond that I think the first half of February holds lot's of promise with the MJO heading into phases 8-1-2 and a much improved pacific. We could get our winter in the next 2-3 weeks so it should be a fun time tracking storms.
Not sure I am buying the 6z GFS verbatim for Friday, we've seen the GFS do this many many times showing a storm for about 10 runs then losing it OTS so we will see if this is the same fun and games going on. However the biggest threat would be suppression given the pattern so it's not un-realistic either.
Ice shouldn't make it further north then the mason Dixon. Baltimore/Washington need to watch out for ice. Philly should be all snow, it's constantly showing up, with ensemble support, no reason I see it changing, this isn't a complex setup.
Nice run there. I think that this storm has the potential to become bigger and stronger in future runs depending on how well the models are handling the southern stream disturbance which is currently off the west coast. They tend to weaken them until they enter the conus and can be better sampled so we will have to keep an eye on that as well.