March arrives Saturday and it’s expected to explode with the ferocity of a lion.

A blast of cold air arrives today and lingers through the week ahead and into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The higher mercury caused melting on Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures won’t get as warm for at least another week and a half. Instead, we’ll have breezy days, occasional snow showers and lows in the single digits.

It may not be what folks counting the days until spring envision.

Today, look for a high temperature of only 24 degrees, with occasional flurries. It’ll be breezy, too. Winds will be from 14 mph to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Tonight, there is a slight chance of snow showers before 1 a.m. It should be mostly cloudy, with a low about 11.

Winds will be felt at 8 mph to 14 mph, with gusts a little less powerful than in the daytime, at 20 mph.

Tuesday morning, the forecast calls for a chance of snow showers, mainly before 1 p.m. It should be mostly cloudy, with a high of 24. Winds, however, will bring wind chill values to near zero.

A chance of snow showers continued into Tuesday night, with a low about 12. Winds will be less fierce at 8 mph to 10 mph.

Wednesday, again, offers a chance of snow showers but little to no accumulation. It should be mostly cloudy, and colder, with a high near 17 and a low Wednesday night of about 2.

For Thursday, it should be mostly sunny and remaining cold, with a high near 21 and a low of about 2.

Friday looks to be a repeat of Thursday, with a mostly sunny day, and a high near 21 and low of 8.

The first day of March should be a mostly cloudy day, with a high near 27. The low Saturday night remains bitter cold at 2.

The cold air doesn’t appear to be leaving Sunday, but it is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 22.