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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
  • Another round of winter weather expected in St. Louis Tuesday evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. –  A pretty nice late winter’s day today with a mix of clouds and some sunshine.  Temperatures will be seasonably cold, in the upper 30’s by this afternoon.  Tonight is cold and dry with temps in the 20’s. However, a quick-hitting burst of winter weather is likely Tuesday evening into Tuesday night.  This looks like a heavy burst of snow and sleet for a couple of hours Tuesday evening, but it is fast, and will quickly switch […]

  • Dangerous cold to be followed by dusting of snow this evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Temperatures and wind chills will remain below zero for much of the morning under mostly sunny skies.  This afternoon, the winds will diminish, and temperatures will start the slow climb back above zero, heading for an afternoon high near 8°. For the evening rush into early tonight, a fast-moving system will bring a quick hit of light snow to areas along and south of I-70 There should be a light dusting to spotty 1” totals are […]

  • Another round of winter weather rolls into St. Louis this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — We’re in for some more snowy weather this weekend.  There is a Winter Storm Warning for Pike County, Missouri late today through Saturday. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of the rest of the viewing area, including metropolitan St. Louis for late tonight and Saturday. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says the rain will start rolling in tonight around midnight. It will then mix with and change to snow Saturday morning.  The first to changeover will be […]

  • Wintry mix in the forecast for St. Louis later this week

    Who stole the sun? Snowmelt will be slow again today as clouds remain trapped over the bi-state area.  With cloudy skies, temperatures will once again only warm a few degrees today into the middle 30’s.  Cloudy skies will continue tonight into Wednesday with only a slight dip in temperatures tonight back to near freezing. Then temperatures should be in the upper 30’s Wednesday.  A weak weather system will zip across the region late Wednesday night and Thursday bringing some rain […]

  • Significant rain in the forecast for several days

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A slow-moving weather system has already brought the clouds, and soon will bring the rain. There may be a few sprinkles this morning but the more significant rain is on schedule to arrive around midday (a little sooner south of St. Louis). That will get the wet stretch rolling with waves of rain and a few spot storms likely through Saturday morning. See the current weather radar here.

  • Highs winds and tornadoes leave a path of destruction in central and southern Illinois

    STAUNTON, IL – The threat for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms has ended in central and southern Illinois, but not before multiple tornadoes touchdown producing various degrees of damage from near Staunton, IL, up north along I-55 through Mount Olive and Litchfield. The Christian County Illinois Emergency Management says the city of Taylorville was hit hard by Saturday evenings storm.  The Taylorville Fire Department along with outside EMS crews are trying to clear large debris in the area to reach people […]

  • More snow expected through Thursday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The snow is here.  Accumulations of 4″ to 6″ inches are on the ground in an area stretching from Rolla, Missouri to Springfield, Illinois.  Now, there appears to be more of the white stuff in St. Louis’ forecast. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says that the snow will continue to fall Thursday morning. The precipitation should be tapering off from west to east this afternoon. Storm totals for Metropolitan St. Louis will be in the 4” to 8” […]

  • Snow expected in St. Louis Monday afternoon and evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. —  A winter weather advisory is in effect for the St. Louis area.  It is mainly for this afternoon and early this evening. An area of light snow is spreading northeast up I-44 and will reach St. Louis by midday. The snow will be lighter when it gets to St. Louis but some light accumulation is likely on grassy surfaces by late this afternoon or early this evening. There is another winter weather threat for later this week. […]

  • SAFB to play host to military aircraft being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL – As the military is working to move many of the naval ships, and aircraft out of harm’s way. Scott Air Force Base will play host to 20 C-17’s that will be evacuated from Charleston, South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence.

  • Gordon expected to bring a very wet weekend to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The dry weather of the past few days will come to a fast end starting Thursday as the moisture associated with Tropical Storm Gordon surges north into the region. One of our more reliable long-range forecast models is predicting from 2″ to 5″ of rain across the entire region starting Thursday and ending Sunday morning. These numbers look very reasonable considering how much moisture is already available. There will be a few scattered storms around Thursday but […]

  • Meteorologist meeting in St. Louis staying inside to beat the heat, like everyone else

    ST. LOUIS – It figures this heat would roll into to town at the very same time as one of the largest gatherings of meteorologists in the country is taking place in St. Louis. The conference is being held at the Marriott Grand Hotel in downtown for the National Weather Association’s annual meeting. And because of the heat, all of the meteorologists are hanging out inside in the air conditioning. By this time in the season, most of us have adjusted […]

  • Severe weather alerts issued ahead of Table Rock Lake boat accident

    ST. LOUIS – After damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes, people often say “it came without warning,” but nothing could be further from the truth regarding the storms that hit Branson and the Table Rock Lake area Thursday evening. Those storms started in Kansas Thursday morning, producing high winds and large hail. It was clear early on where those storms were going and that they could remain very strong. At 11:20 a.m., a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for all of southwest […]

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