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Denver metro area faces subzero temps into Wednesday

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DENVER -- An Arctic front brought snow and bitter cold temperatures to the Denver metro area on Monday.

After a sunny and dry Sunday, snow began falling about sunrise Monday. Light snow was expected to continue into Tuesday before ending on New Year's Eve, with about 3-5 inches of total accumulation

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Winter weather advisories were in effect from Denver south to Monument, as well as the Interstate 70 corridor from Summit County east to Limon.

Cold air drove temperatures down to the single digits during the day Monday, with negative temperatures coming Monday night.

On Tuesday, highs will hover just above zero, then temperatures will plunge well below zero overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, making for a bitter end to 2014.

In all, 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected in the metro Denver area with up to 8 inches expected in the foothills.

Snow will pile up in the mountains, with a winter weather advisory through Monday afternoon west of Vail Pass, where up to a foot of snow is possible.