Wet And Wild 'Bomb Cyclone' Weather System Coming

Andy Dahn
March 13, 2019 - 4:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A scary weather system with an even scarier name is making its way to the Chicago area.

Weather experts call it a "bomb cyclone."

"The term has actually been used for some time, now," said Todd Kluber with the National Weather Service. "It defines what is called a rapidly strengthening low-pressure system."

Kluber said the term may send shivers down your spine, but it essentially means heavy showers and thunderstorms are on the way.

"We're looking at several rounds of rain and possibly thunderstorms beginning Wednesday evening, then another round coming through in the late morning and afternoon hours on Thursday. Along with that, we are looking at increasing southerly to southwesterly winds during the day on Thursday with potential for gusts of 45 to 50 mph."

Kluber said melting snow means the storms will put the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers at risk of flooding, and as the scary sounding system moves to the north on Friday, he expects it to leave the Chicago area with temperatures in the low 30's.