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.

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.

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.

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    Several more rounds of heavy rain expected through Tuesday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The heavy rain threat will continue into Monday night with temperatures staying in the 70’s. Keep an eye on creeks and streams that could rise fast. There is an old front that is nearly stationary to the south of St. Louis. It is an old topically charged low pressure system that is lumbering slowly north along the front and will pass near or just south of St. Louis Monday. All of the available data continues […]

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    River crest forecast after substantial rains

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The good news is that because of how and where the heavy rain fell (very complicated to explain) the Meramec River basin numbers have all come down substantially Monday and all flood warnings have been cancelled. The exception is the Big River where moderate flooding is expected in Byrnesville at 5.8′ above flood stage. Also, the Kaskaskia River forecast has dropped somewhat with only minor flooding now forecast in Vandalia. Check the latest weather conditions […]

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    Band of heavy rain to sweep through St. Louis Friday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A band of thunderstorms with pockets of heavy rain continues to develop out over Central Missouri and will be spreading East through this evening. An isolated strong wind gust or two is possible with these storms but the greater concern will come from lightning and especially heavy rain at times. A slow moving wall of heavy rain, lightning and some gusty winds marches was through eastern Missouri and will be moving across the metro St. […]


    Landspout sighted in St. Peters area

    (KTVI) – It happened again Tuesday, very humid air in place, a weak boundary and a developing shower along that boundary, and we get a benign, but very photogenic landspout.  The landspout happened near St. Peters, Missouri. The city of St. Peters set off its sirens, those sirens could be heard in surrounding cities.  A warning was not ever issued and warnings normally are not issued for his type of phenomena because they pose little if any threat to life and […]

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    Forecast – Wednesday morning storms fade to simmering heat

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Thunderstorms have developed in the early morning hours along an axis that parallels the Mississippi River in southwest Illinois. These storms are along a warm front that has just enough identity left to serve as a focus for development. Storms are likely to continue for several hours along this boundary, mainly in parts of the Metro East. The storms are tacking nearly the same path and some localized flash flooding is possible.  Severe weather is not expected Wednesday morning, although some gusty […]

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    Strong winds and hail possible during Wednesday’s severe weather

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Looks like it is shaping up to be an active afternoon of thunderstorms across much of Missouri. The morning storms north of I-70 have dissipated. I’m watching two zones for later Wednesday. Click here to check the radar First, and most importantly, a complex of severe storms with damaging winds is plowing east out of Kansas into western Missouri. This line of storms is moving at 45 to 50 mph and will be working into […]

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    New tool to help emergency managers plan for flooding

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI)  -When record flooding struck the Meramec River in late December, nobody really knew how high the water would get and more importantly where all that water would end up going. The United States Geological Survey introduced a new tool Tuesday they say could revolutionize the way emergency managers and city leaders prepare and react to big floods of the future. The new tool is called the Flood Inundation and Mapping Program (FIMP).  It is a web based […]

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    Wind blows wall off Sunset Hills manufacturing facility

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – The fast moving line of severe storms Thursday morning left its mark in Sunset Hills. Meteorologist Chris Higgins found storm damage along Gravois road about a mile southwest of I-270. Mac Moldings is a manufacturing facility where they build plastic molding for vacuum cleaners among other things. They will need more than a vacuum to clean this place up. Storms blew in this around 9am and blew out the entire front wall. Bricks, 2x4s and […]

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    Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the area in MO until 1:00 p.m.

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A fast moving line of storms is heading out of northwest Missouri to the east and southeast and will sweep across much of the FOX 2 viewing area between 9 a.m. and noon. This line of storms will have the potential to produce scattered strong to severe wind gusts along its path and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch may be issued for at least a portion of the viewing area within the next hour or so. These storms will help […]

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    Thunderstorms likely to develop across portion of southern Illinois, metro St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Severe storms likely to increase, especially south of St. Louis into early this afternoon. Two weather systems are converging on the viewing area as we approach midday. One is an outflow boundary that is producing a band of rain, some thunder and gusty winds of 30-40 mph as it drops steadily south of St. Louis. The other is a disturbance that is riding along a cold front and edging into central and eastern Missouri. These two weather systems […]

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    Heavy rain, thunderstorms expected over Fourth of July weekend

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The threat for rain and storms will continue across the St. Louis region Sunday, with a general shift to the southeast with time. Overnight storms put down anywhere from 2” to 5” of rain along and north of I-70 overnight. Further south, rain was spotty at best until mid-morning when thunderstorms developed over the eastern Missouri. Thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected through midday.  Tstorms moving through metro #STL are big rain makers. Absolutely pouring at our @fox2now Maryland Heights studios […]

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    St. Louis Premium Outlets earns ‘Storm Ready’ designation

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Premium Outlets center in Chesterfield is the area’s newest Storm Ready location. The outlet is one of more than 200 owned by parent company Simon Property Group that have all now been designated as Storm Ready by the National Weather Service. You need only look back to the historic Joplin tornado of 2011 to be reminded that shopping centers and department stores can be some of the most dangerous places during severe weather. However, […]