The forecast for the upcoming week is calling for temps to be in the high 40s and possible rain. Driving through the Rocky River metro parkway, most of the river is still locked up in ice, But the ice is turning grey and side ice is melting away. As it gets warmer, more water will start to open up and that's were some people might get into trouble. In past years, I've seen some people literally stand right on the edge of side ice. That can be dangerous as it's difficult to gauge the thickness and your rolling the dice. I've been guilty of fishing on side ice but I also bring along a long landing net.
The only problem I see is the ice is so thick, the ice will have no where to go and jams will create a lot of flooding downstream. The ice will also grind a lot of the banks away and that will result in very heavy sediment loads. That usually means the rivers will be very dirty and fishing can be tough in those conditions.