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Oak Creek Canyon has been closed 11 miles north of Sedona due to the storm system moving through the area Wednesday, Dec.29. The winter storm is expected to linger in Northern Arizona until Saturday, Jan. 1.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, State Route 89a closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will likely remain closed until at least Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30.

The section of roadway will be closed so ADOT snowplows can be used on Interstate 17, the alternate route to Flagstaff.

ADOT officials also closed Interstate 17 northbound shortly after 4 p.m. The road is closed at the State Route 179 exit, at milemarker 298. Numerous accidents were reported all day long on northbound and southbound I-17 between the Sedona exit and the southern reaches of the Flagstaff area before the closure.

The American Red Cross and a church set up a shelter in Munds Park that was accomodating 65 people early Thursday.

I-40 into Flagstaff is also closed.

Southbound I-17 opened around noon, Thursday, Dec. 30.

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