Portlanders enjoy a warm Thanksgiving outside

Near record temperatures were expected Thursday

The Fort family takes advantage of the quiet zoo on Thanksgiving for their family tradition. (KOIN)
The Fort family takes advantage of the quiet zoo on Thanksgiving for their family tradition. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thanksgiving 2017 brought warmer than usual temperatures and breaks from the rain, giving Portlanders a chance to enjoy a little time outside before digging into a turkey dinner.

Rob Cocharan and Stephanie Christensen enjoyed the warm weather on Thanksgiving 2017 by walking their dog in the park. (KOIN)
Rob Cocharan and Stephanie Christensen enjoyed the warm weather on Thanksgiving 2017 by walking their dog in the park. (KOIN)

The forecast for Thursday called for near-record highs for the holiday.

“It’s lovely, it’s kind of strange, it feels kind of weirdly balmy,” Stephanie Christensen said. “It doesn’t feel very Thanksgiving, but we’ll take it, it’s lovely.”

Christensen and Rob Cocharan took in the fall colors and warm weather at Portland park before heading to Sherwood for a holiday lunch with friends.

“We love it but we’re worried we’re losing our snow pack,” Cocharan said.

In fact, the snow pack was affected by the warm rain falling on Mt. Hood. Officials at Mt. Hood Meadows had to delay the season opening due to the drop in snow and temperatures.

The Oregon Zoo is open on Thanksgiving and considerably quieter than other days.

“We’ve been coming [to the zoo] on Thanksgiving before we even had kids and just carried the tradition on,” April Fort told KOIN 6 News.

April and Greg Fort take their kids to look at the animals and avoid, “all the work of Thanksgiving.”

“We’re just hanging out while Grandma cooks the turkey,” Greg said.

Ceylan Heyrettin also took his 3-year-old son to the zoo after searching for something to do and discovering the zoo was open.

“We come to the zoo very frequently and today is probably the quietest day, we liked it,” Heyrettin said.