PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors enjoy sunny weather along river in Rocheport

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 7:05 p.m. CST; updated 7:12 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 19, 2012

ROCHEPORT — The temperature in Rocheport reached a high of 49 degrees on Sunday, which is about 5 degrees higher than the average. Families and friends took advantage of the unusually warm weather, by venturing outdoors to frolick along the banks Missouri River, as well as the Katy Trail.

Temperatures in Rocheport, as well as in Columbia, are expected to be above 50 degrees for the next five days.

Laura Thal, Mark Thal and Ben Thal hike to a look out off the Katy Trail in Rocheport on Sunday. Mark Thal, a MU alumni, is visiting his niece and MU senior Laura Thal to celebrate her upcoming birthday this week.
Jody and Carl Spriggs relax on the banks of the Missouri River in Rocheport on Sunday. The couple took advantage of the warm weather and brought their two young sons along to enjoy the outdoors.
Tom Amolsch chases his 5-year-old grandson, Max Spriggs on the banks of the Missouri River in Rocheport on Sunday. After playing chase, the family continued enjoying the outdoors by hiking the Katy Trail.
Max Spriggs, 5, yells to his grandfather Sunday while on the banks of the Missouri River in Rocheport. Spriggs chose an uprooted tree as "base" while he played chase with his grandfather yelling, "You can't get me Grandpa!"
Bruce, Tahna and Janice Henson walk their dogs, Portia and Earnie on the Katy Trail in Rocheport on Sunday. A few months ago the family found Portia as a stray on the Katy Trail. The Hensons took in the emaciated dog and brought her back to good health.
John Reid, Dan Murphy and Chris Flinchpaugh kayak on the Missouri River in Rocheport on Sunday. The warm weather gave the trio an opportunity to kayak before the first official day of spring.

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