Forecasts are calling for highs around 70 degrees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Tom Moore, meteorologist with the Cobb-based Weather Channel, said much of the eastern part of the country will be unseasonably warm, while the western United States will see cold temperatures this weekend.
“There is a ridge of high pressure in the atmosphere that’s blocking any cold temperatures from coming into the area,” Moore said.
Warm temperatures over such a large area are unusual for this time of year, he said.
Cities like Columbia, S.C., where temperatures are expected to be close to 80, and Charlotte, N.C., where a high of 72 is predicted Saturday, will be even warmer than Cobb, Moore said. Even cities like Washington and Cincinnati are expected to see temperatures in the upper 60s on Saturday.
“It’s a widespread warming,” he said.
The warmer weather couldn’t come soon enough for outdoor businesses in Cobb.
Ken Dixon, general manager of the City Club of Marietta golf course, said the recent cool weather has hurt business a bit.
Golf course operators follow the weather closely because of the impact it has on business, Dixon said.
“We’ll definitely be a lot busier, not only on the driving range, but on the golf course,” he said. “It could possibly even double what a normal weekend would be this time of year.”
By the middle of next week, temperatures are expected to return to the low 50s, around average for this time of year.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Leary said it’s unlikely that winter weather is over.
“This is just kind of a temporary feature,” he said. “We’re all trying to enjoy it.”
Still, Moore doesn’t expect Cobb to see weather anything like what people will see in some western locations like Denver, where a high of 20 degrees is expected Saturday when the Broncos play the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL playoff game.
“That cold air will move eastward, but it will lose a lot of its oomph,” he said.