Hi! I am FOX 2 News Weekend Meteorologist, Chris Higgins. Born and raised here in the St. Louis area, I have a lifetime of experience with our wild weather. I’ll never forget the bitter cold winters of the late ’70s, the “Blizzard of ’82”, the “Drought of ’88” or the “Great Flood of ’93”.

My education is home grown, too. I graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School in 1988. Then, in 1992, received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University.

My career in television began here at FOX 2 as an intern in 1990. After my graduation from SLU in 1992, I moved into the heart of “Tornado Alley,” Joplin, Missouri, where I spent two exciting years as Chief Meteorologist at KODE-TV. In 1994, I moved back to St. Louis and FOX 2 as the weekend meteorologist and now work as lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday).

In October 2002, I was honored to receive my first of five Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for weathercasting and reporting. In July of 2006, I became first ever St. Louis meteorologist to receive the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation – passing a rigorous written test covering many aspects of atmospheric and natural sciences.

In June, 2003, I realized a long time dream when I was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force Reserves. On my “drill” weekends I serve as “Major Higgins” with the 12th Operational Weather Flight at Scott Air Force Base. Our area of responsibility covers the entire northeastern United States including the White House. During the summer of 2008 I deployed to deserts of the Middle East in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve been honored as the United States Air Force Weather Officer of the Year for the Reserve Component two times – 2006 and again in 2008. In 2013, while serving on the Storm Prediction Center back-up team, I authored the first civilian Tornado Watch ever issued by the United States Air Force.

Community involvement is important to me. So, every year I make dozens of public appearances at local schools talking about weather, the importance of staying in school and serving your community!

My most cherished blessing in life is my loving family who continue to support my “crazy weatherman” obligations and schedule.

When I’m not working I enjoy being outdoors and trying to stay fit. I love to run, workout, work in the yard or just relax on the deck.


Recent Articles
  • Lingering rain continues Tuesday morning, but clearing by afternoon

    ST. LOUIS – Rain and storms will continue through at least the first half of Tuesday morning rush hour before dropping southeast of metro St. Louis.  Heavy rain and gusty winds are likely with the stronger storm and some flash flooding cannot be ruled out. Rain will exit the entire region by mid-morning with partly sunny skies the rest of Tuesday. Temperatures will reach the upper 80s by late this afternoon.  Tonight will be dry and cooler with a low near 70. […]

  • Vehicles stuck in Granite City flash floodwaters

    GRANITE, CITY, Ill. – Between 5 and 8 inches of rain fell in two storm bursts Monday morning, with some of the heaviest rain centered over northwest Madison County. The rain came in two waves; the first just after 3 a.m., the other was during morning rush hour. Many intersections in Granite City were flooded with anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of rain. Numerous cars stalled in the high water. Granite City police posted a warning on its Facebook […]

  • Rain in this week’s forecast for the St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The new week starts with mostly sunny skies and dry weather. Temperatures will warm to near-normal levels for early August up close to 90 by this afternoon with a light wind. Tonight, expect partly cloudy, mild and dry weather through midnight. Late tonight into Tuesday morning a cold front will begin to approach from the northwest and that will spark off a few late-night storms. Overnight lows will fall into the lower 70s. Tuesday will be […]

  • Dangerous heatwave to arrive after remnants of Hurricane Barry pass through St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Tropical rainfall from hurricane Barry will be lingering in the area through Tuesday. A dangerous heatwave should arrive later this week. The moisture from Tropical Storm Barry, now just a remnant spin of low pressure, will arrive in the St. Louis area Monday and Tuesday. Pockets of light to moderate rain will build north across most of the region this morning and continue into this afternoon. There will be very little sunshine today. As a result, […]

  • Heavy rain forecast this week in St. Louis may increase historic flooding

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A long stretch of unsettled weather begins Tuesday and will last all the way into next week. There is a chance for storms Tuesday and Wednesday with storms likely Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There may be some severe weather at times but the biggest concern is with the renewed heavy rain potential. By the end of the week at least 2-4” of rain is possible in many spots across Missouri and Illinois. That is not going […]

  • Strong to severe storms possible Tuesday night

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Today will be partly sunny and a little breezy and very warm with high temperatures warming to near 90. Tuesday evening starts dry, but a few storms are possible after midnight. A strong storm is possible in the St. Louis area. Low temperatures will drop into the upper 60s. The National Weather Service says that you may want to set up something to receive weather alerts tonight. A line of severe storms is expected to develop […]

  • Flash Flooding, isolated tornadoes in Missouri overnight

    ST. LOUIS – Multiple counties, including St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Louis in Missouri as well as St. Clair, Madison and Clinton Counties in Illinois are under a tornado watch until early Thursday morning. Strong to severe storms rolled in Wednesday night northeast out of Central Missouri with strong and gusty winds highest north and west of the immediate St. Louis area.  

  • Severe line of storms expected in St. Louis this evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Overnight storms produced plenty of rain, lightning, and some wind. For the most part, they have not been severe.  There will be lingering rain through the morning rush hour with rain slowly tapering off through 9:00am. Cloudy skies hold on through early this afternoon before giving way to partly cloudy skies late this afternoon and that is when temperatures will finally start to warm-up.  We are in the 50s this morning and will reach temperatures in […]

  • Severe weather may sweep in to St. Louis during Blues playoff game

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — We start the week with very pleasant almost cool temperatures in the 50’s Monday morning. There will be plenty of sunshine today and slightly below normal temperatures reaching to near 70 degrees this afternoon. A very active 24-hour period will begin late tonight with developing showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Severe weather is not expected tonight. Overnight lows will dip back into the 50s. Much of Tuesday will be dry and mostly cloudy with temperatures slowly […]

  • During severe weather High Ridge Elementary is making sure students are kept safe

    HIGH RIDGE, MO.  – During severe weather, it is important you have a safe spot to go.  One school district is making sure it’s students are kept safe. Chris Higgins was live in the Woods Basement System Storm Runner at High Ridge Elementary were students and faculty are getting ready now for when the weather turns bad later.

  • Rain brings cooler temps and potential for severe weather to Missouri & Illinois

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Warm spring breezes will return sending our high temperatures back up to near 80 this afternoon. There is a slight chance for a stray shower today. A cold front will bring a solid shot of showers and storms to the area late tonight between midnight and 4AM. Some of these storms may produce gusty winds and hail. Scattered rain showers will persist Thursday with much cooler air takes control. The warmest part of Thursday will be […]

  • Bitter, dangerous wind chills set record cold start for March

    ST. LOUIS –  A very cold start to the first work week of March.  Temperatures Monday morning are in the single digits with a wind chill of -10.  That makes this the coldest March morning since March 3, 2014, when the mercury dipped to +4°. The record for March morning is -1 set in 1978. Today, skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures struggling to reach the lower 20s by mid-afternoon.  Mostly clear skies for tonight and temperatures once again […]

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