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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.

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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    Snow expected for Thursday morning commute

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – We are caught between two winter storms today. A clipper is slipping south into the area overnight. In this position, we end up in the warmer flow ahead of the storm center which will help kick our highs into the lower 40s in most areas. The quick warm-up will be followed just as fast by an equally as cold shot of air tonight and Thursday as the Clipper passes just southwest of St. Louis. Expect […]

  • HBO to shoot part of Lewis and Clark miniseries in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A piece of St. Louis history will play a role in an upcoming HBO miniseries on Lewis and Clark. The Discovery Expedition boat fleet from St. Charles will be featured prominently in the series. The program will star Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark. The six-hour miniseries is being produced by Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt. The miniseries will follow the explorer’s journey on their mission […]

  • How the Planetarium uses its dome to speak to St. Louis drivers

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For decades, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium has been located in the southeast corner of Forest Park overlooking Interstate 64. For almost that long, Planetarium officials have been using the structures unique form and prime location to speak to drivers. First it was ribbons.   Then in 2002 they turned on the lights.  Those initial lights turned out to be much too expensive and inefficient.  So in 2013, they were replaced with a much more efficient LED […]

  • Wind Chill advisory in effect for St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It will be Sunday night over the St. Louis region as a big high pressure center from Canada settles south. Overnight lows will dip into the lower single digits by morning and with winds gusting from 10-15 mph wind chills at the bus stop will drop to -5° to -15°. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect.

  • Wintry mix coats Bi-State in ice and snow, road crews busy Saturday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Following a night of mixed winter precipitation, all Winter Storm Warnings  for the Bi-State region were dropped at noon on Saturday. Sleet, snow, and freezing rain began hitting the FOX 2 News viewing area around 6:00pm Friday. Ice accumulations of up to 0.15″ have been reported across Crawford, Washington, Iron, and Reynolds Counties and snow accumulations of 6″ plus have been reported in places like Pike County in Missouri. In between, a bit of everything […]

  • University of Missouri gets new Doppler radar

    (KTVI) – Residents in Mid-Missouri are about to get some much needed help scanning the skies for dangerous weather. The University of Missouri has received a $20-million research grant through the National Science Foundation which includes a new dualpol Doppler radar. The project will focus on climate, cyber infrastructure and computer, education, plant sciences and community according to Dr. Pat Market, the head of Mizzou Meteorology department. But besides those research goals, Mizzou plans to make the data available in […]

  • Temperature swings causing potholes

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – This winter has brought some impressive swings in temperatures but very little snow and ice.  It is those see-saw temperatures that are proving to be trouble for local roads.  Potholes are popping up at numbers that rival those of even the snowiest years. According to David Wrone with St. Louis County Highway department, county crews are on an average pace for repairing potholes this year.  In a normal year, they will repair anywhere from 25 to […]

  • Could ‘spring break’ be broken?

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – The return of cold and snow may have you looking for a warm escape. But the perfect getaway spot may be harder to find this year. It’s not that there aren’t destinations still available, it’s just going to be much harder to find and it’s probably not going to be easy to get to. There are plenty of outside forces that will likely force you to look harder for that warm weather destination. This is the […]

  • MoDOT preparing for expected snowfall

    ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) – Even though it`s not expected to be a big snow, MoDOT is not taking any chances. FOX 2 meteorologist Chris Higgins is out in the Gateway Honda Dealers Storm Pilot in St. Ann with the unique challenges this quick hit of winter may bring. In some ways the big snows can be easier to assault than the little sneaky systems like the one we have forecast Wednesday. The problem with tomorrow is not how much […]

  • Crews prepare for “Water Main Break Season”

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This is the time of year that Missouri American Water crews call the “Water Main Break Season” because it is the busiest time of year for breaks. Crews spent the day out in the cold along Hanley road in Clayton, proactively replacing lines that are considered high risk for bursting. It’s not the rapid swing in temperatures that affects the pipes, it is the temperature of the water pulled from the river. Right now, water […]

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    Bitter cold in the forecast for Monday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The latest brush with winter weather is winding down after 2-3″ coated areas north of a line from Middletown in Montgomery County MO over to Mount Olive, IL. Just a light coating along I-70 into the metro St. Louis but enough to create slick driving this evening as temps dip deep into the 20s and teens. Looking ahead: Monday will be quite cold with a few morning flurries and highs in the 20s. A quick […]

  • Freezing rain may create slick driving conditions

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A winter storm remains on track for the St. Louis region. With borderline temperatures, this storm looks to be a freezing rain maker for St. Louis. The main batch of precipitation moves into the St. Louis area around midday Sunday and will continue overnight. Extra: What causes freezing rain? The recent cold air blasts have frozen the ground. Even if air temps are slightly above freezing, rain water may freeze on contact with the already frozen ground […]