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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 then moved to the lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday) in 2014. Now you can wake up with my forecasts Monday-Friday on Fox 2 News in the Morning!

In October 2002, I was honored to receive my first of seven Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for weather forecasting 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. 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
  • Meteorologist breaks down Friday’s snow, sleet and freezing rain

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis is still on track to see a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain Friday. Meteorologist Chris Higgins uses a  virtual reality explainer to breakdown the icy mix of winter weather that is likely to develop across the region.

  • Developing winter storm to bring icy winter mix, starting with morning snow

    ST. LOUIS – Any icy mix of winter weather is likely to develop across the region Friday morning from southwest to northeast.  The precip will start as snow and sleet between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in metro St. Louis and then spread northeast from there. Less than 1” of snow and sleet is expected before the precipitation transitions to freezing rain by early afternoon.  Freezing rain will continue until late this afternoon or very early this evening when temperatures warm above […]

  • Heavy rain brings flash flood warning followed by possible snow showers Saturday

    ST. LOUIS – Pockets of rain overnight have already produced an inch or more of rain in some spots and scattered showers with spot thunder are likely to continue through much of today.  Temperatures will warm into the 60s this afternoon. The “main event” will unfold overnight with a slow-moving area of heavy rain and thunderstorms.  The heaviest rain will be from midnight through sunrise Saturday.  Temperatures tonight remain steady in the 50s.  Sharply colder temperatures will surge in Saturday morning with temps falling […]

  • Have plans for New Year’s? Check this forecast before you head out

    ST. LOUIS- It continues to be a little breezy out there with chilly temperatures in the 30s Tuesday morning. Expect intervals of clouds and sunshine with more clouds than sun this afternoon. Temperatures will warm back to near normal late in the day with afternoon highs in the low-40s. For New Year’s Eve, plans expect a light breeze, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 30s. Tonight’s low will dip back to near 30 by morning. New Year’s Day looks […]

  • First snow, near-record cold are on the way for the St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS – Rain will develop early Monday morning and then mix briefly with sleet and snow before changing to all snow by mid-morning.  The entire area should have snow falling by noon. The snow will taper off to flurries between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p. m. The ground is still warm from the weekend so that will keep the accumulations fairly light ranging from a dusting to a few spots of 2 inches. As temperatures drop below freezing this afternoon […]

  • Trick-or-treat forecast: Temperatures near freezing this evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Windy, cold and a bit wintery out there for Halloween.  Expect some areas of light rain mixed with light snow and flurries.  Little, if any accumulation is expected in St. Louis.  Some light accumulations of snow (less than 1″) will be possible from Montgomery County, Missouri up into Pike County, Missouri and perhaps northern Calhoun and Greene Counties in Illinois. Roads will be wet, but should not become icy.  Temperatures have dropped into the lower 30s and […]

  • Bundle up for Halloween! Temperatures dropping this week

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A strong cold front has pushed through the region. Temperatures have tumbled into the upper 30s and low-40s this morning. Expect mostly cloudy skies today with some patchy drizzle and only a slight temperature bump this afternoon back into the mid-40s. A new weather system will bring periods of rain starting late this evening and continuing through Wednesday into Wednesday night. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the lower 40s until late Wednesday night. Even colder […]

  • Wet and cool weather expected this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. —  Clouds and some spotty drizzle will be around early this morning with temperatures n the 40s.  I expect to see some thin spots develop in the cloud deck this afternoon with temperatures easing into the middle 50s. Friday night is cloudy and cool with lows dipping back into the 40s. Saturday is a washout with periods of rain and temperatures in the low to mid-50s. Sunday will see improvement with a mix of clouds and sunshine.  […]

  • Another round of storms possible Monday evening

    ST. LOUIS – After some early morning rain and storms the weather settles down for the rest of Monday until new storms fire-up this evening.  Today will be warm and humid with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High temperatures will peak in the mid-80s.  Thunderstorms are likely Monday evening; a few strong storms are possible especially west of St. Louis.  Eventually, the rain ends after midnight and it will be turning cooler. Tonight’s low will dip to 72 with a partly sunny […]

  • 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 […]

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