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
  • 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 […]

  • Snow falling in St. Louis through Sunday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Snow is expected to fall Sunday through the afternoon.  Because of the rapid movement of the storm snowfall totals have decreased a bit with 2 to 4 inches now expected in a band centered along I-70 and running across metro St. Louis.  Amounts will be lighter south towards Farmington where 1 to 2 inches are expected. The snow will end around midday with gusty winds and cold temperatures taking over into this afternoon and tonight.  Overnight […]

  • There may be another round of snow for St. Louis this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A light mix of freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and some spots of sleet will continue through this morning.  The precipitation should taper off early this afternoon.  Temperatures are well below freezing in the low-to-mid 20s this morning and only minor warming is expected this afternoon, into the mid to upper 20’s. Morning rush hour traffic will be impacted by the ice with untreated surface already slick in some spots.  However, the evening rush should be dry. […]

  • 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 […]

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