Arctic cold blasts into Colorado, frigid temperatures to remain all week

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DENVER -- The Arctic Blast we’ve been telling you about for over a week was here Monday night.  Temperatures plummeted nearly 50 degrees during the course of the day Monday.

Expect temperatures to stay in the teens into Tuesday.

The invasion of cold Arctic air brought light snow with it, turning roads slick for the evening commute. Heavier snow fell in the mountains and I-70 was closed due to numerous accidents at the Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. The road reopened Monday evening, but it was a slow, crowded drive.

The main batch of snow cleared metro Denver during the evening. There was no accumulation to speak of.

Temperatures were expected to be bitter cold overnight with lows falling to around 10 degrees.

Veteran’s Day starts mainly dry and we may even see a few peeks at the sun.  Temps will struggle into the upper teens.

Another batch of snow will develop Tuesday night and increase in intensity after Midnight. The Wednesday morning and afternoon commutes will be slow, snow-covered, and slippery.  Accumulations between the wee hours of Wednesday morning and Wednesday evening will be in the 3 to 4-inch range.

Bitterly cold temps will accompany the snow with morning readings in the low single digits and afternoon highs around 10.

The temperature is not expected to climb above freezing in metro Denver until Friday.