Background: A bay window has been having ice dam issues for the past couple of years. I think the water is coming in through the space between the gutter and the fascia. That space is just on the inside edge of the bay window. I see water dripping from that space on each side of the bay window, so I assume it must also happen inside the bay window.
I still can't tell the dripping only happens during winter melt, or also during rain storms. I seem to hear "tick tock" water dripping during rain storms as well, but it's hard to tell, and there does not seem to be enough to cause water damage inside. I got insulation added to the attic, which perhaps improved the ice dam issue a bit (or maybe it was just the weather this winter), but there was still a bit of water dripping from the bay window frame inside the house.
2 winters ago, when the ice dam issue was at its worst, there was a bit of water damage in the kitchen ceiling, which is more or less at the same height at the base of the bay window.
I am getting the siding redone around the bay window (to add flashing at the top of the siding and bigger flashing at the top of the window, which will hopefully prevent water from coming in). Also possibly add insulation (its always cold around that bay window area in the winter). The soffit under the bay window is currently unvented (as shown in the picture). The contractor said there is no need for ventilation there and they usually install unvented soffits.
Question: Should I get vented soffits installed, so that water has an easy way out (instead of going towards the kitchen ceiling?) Could that cause issues, or even if vented soffits do not do anything, they at least won't do any harm?