While we are all waiting to see what happens beginning Thursday afternoon in regards to our winter storm and wind chills, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear isn't taking any chances as he's declared a State of Emergency for Kentuckians.

Governor Beshear has been in touch with county officials to help open warming centers for local residents in need and Kentucky State Parks will serve as backup warming centers. Here are the Governor's remarks from earlier today:

UPDATE 12/22/22:

The National Weather Service in Paducah has now issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the Tri-State in addition to the existing WIND CHILL WARNING. 

From the National Weather Service in Paducah:

National Weather Service Paducah KY
1019 AM CST Thu Dec 22 2022

Union KY-Webster-Hopkins-Christian-Henderson-Daviess-McLean-
Including the cities of Shawneetown, Golconda, Elizabethtown,
Metropolis, Fort Branch, Petersburg, Poseyville, Evansville,
Boonville, Rockport, Hickman, Clinton, Bardwell, Wickliffe,
Paducah, Mayfield, Smithland, Benton, Murray, Marion, Eddyville,
Cadiz, Princeton, Morganfield, Dixon, Madisonville, Hopkinsville,
Henderson, Owensboro, Calhoun, Greenville, and Elkton
1019 AM CST Thu Dec 22 2022 /1119 AM EST Thu Dec 22 2022/


* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected.
  Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Winds gusting as
  high as 40 mph. For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold
  wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana and
  western Kentucky.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, from 2 PM this afternoon
  to midnight CST tonight. For the Wind Chill Warning, from 6 PM
  this evening to noon CST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing
  snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous
  conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The
  cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as
  little as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Isolated higher amounts of snow cannot be
  ruled out if heavier snow bands develop.


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you
wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.

The following warming centers in the Tri-State will be available (from tristatehomepage.com)


United Caring Services will operate a warming center during the day with snacks at the CK Newsome Center located at 100 E. Walnut St. For the night, Ck Newsome Center will close, and United Caring Services will open a warming center located at 324 NW 6th St.
Evansville Rescue Mission has extended its hours for the White Flag night and will operate a warming center in its atrium. It says its goal is to get as many people as possible off the street for the duration of the storm.

Robards: Robards City Hall will function as a warming center.


  • Father Bradley Shelter will take women and children. You can contact Britt Kitchens at (270)- 577-5050.
  • The Harbor House will take men only. You can contact Coni Beck at (270)- 827-8700.

Any clothing donations can be put into the Salvation Army boxes at 1213 Washington Street. Emergent calls for sheltering should be made to Henderson 911 at (270)-827-8700 or by dialing 911 anywhere in Henderson County.


  • Daniel Pitino Shelter from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. located at 501 Walnut St.

Hopkins County: The Pennyrile Forest State Resort will be the designated warming center.

Union County:

  • Sturgis First Christian Church: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • After 4 p.m. call Pastor Dave at (608)-310-9560 or Lee Baird at (270)-952-0080.
  • Union County Fire Department: Call Chief John Millikan at (270)-997-1141.
  • Sturgis Senior Citizens: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • After 8 p.m. call Sturgis Fire Department at (270)-333-4411.
  • Morganfield Christian Church: Call as needed Brian Babbs at (270)-952-2928 or (270)-389-4357.


  • The Corydon Civil Defense Fire and Rescue Fire Station will operate as a warming center if the area should lose power.


  • The First United Methodist Church will be open as a warming center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. starting Thursday night and running through December 24.
    • Location is 200 East Center Street in Madisonville on the corner of Center and Scott St.

McLean County:

The following warming centers will start Thursday evening and run through Monday at noon.

  • Calhoun: City Hall
  • Livermore: The Armory & Fire Dept.
  • Sacramento: Methodist Church
  • Island: Fire Dept.
  • Beechgrove: Fire Dept.

Muhlenberg County:

  • Central City FD for fire victims and Stranded motorists
    • 207 N 2nd St. Central City
  • Bremen Community Center
    • If they have a power outage the FD will be used.
    • 47 College St. Bremen
    • 55 College St. Bremen
  • Drakesboro Community Center
    • 210 W Mose Rager Blvd. Drakesboro
  • Muhlenberg County Fire Training Center
    • 61 Career Way, Central City
  • Muhlenberg County Senior Citizens Center
    • 55 Career Way, Central City
  • Muhlenberg County Emergency Services Complex training room
    • 504 Doss Dr Suite A, Powderly
  • Graham FD
    • 120 Firehouse Ln, Graham
  • Cleaton Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
    • 186 Main St. Central City
  • Nelson Creek Community Center
    • 901 St Rt 1379, Central City
  • Two Churches that will open as Shelters if needed.
    • Beechmont Baptist Church
    • 551 Bradford Rd, Beechmont
    • Second Baptist Church
    • 217 W Depot St, Greenville

Webster County: Call Webster County Dispatch at (270) – 639-5012 or Providence Dispatch at (270) – 639

  • Clay
    • Clay Fire Department – 135 East Railroad St.
  • Dixon
    • Webster County Senior Center – 80 N. College St.
  • Poole
    • Poole Fire Dept. – 9110 US Hwy 41 A-North
  • Providence
    • Providence Community Center – 221 Wallace St.
  • Sebree
    • First Baptist Church – 12100 St. Tre 132 East
  • Slaughters
    • Slaughters Fire Dept – 93 2nd St.

We will update this list as more warming shelter information is released.
We have started a "CLOSINGS" tab on our WBKR homepage, also on the WBKR app in the "What's Hot" bar, be on the lookout for updates. Stay tuned and be very careful.

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