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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.

Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • Roadside assists bracing for busy commute Thursday morning

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – MODOT expects the roads will be fine for the morning rush but drivers are still encouraged to keep an eye on slick spots along some untreated side streets, subdivisions and parking lots. The biggest concern for the morning will be the effect of this intense cold on cars and other vehicles. “When it’s extremely hot and extremely cold, that’s when weak parts on the car break,” says Jack Cox, one of MoDot’s motorist assist truck drivers. […]

  • Coldest air of the season setting over St. Louis

    (KTVI) -Coldest air of December will hold through Thursday night. We can expect a mix of clouds and sunshine Wednesday with high temperatures only in the 20s. Wednesday night will see temps drop into the teens again. Thursday will see a jump in temps back to normal before a southern storm slides into the Midwest with a winter mix possible late Friday into the weekend.

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    Christmas Eve and Day forecast

    (KTVI) – Christmas Eve will be cloudy and damp with some drizzle mixing with a few flakes now and again, but there will be no accumulation nor driving concerns. For Christmas Day, expect morning clouds that will give way to sunshine Christmas Day with much warmer air blowing in on southerly winds. Expect daytime highs to reach into the upper 40s and lower 50s Christmas Day!

  • A look at homes decorated for Christmas

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Holiday season is upon us and Chris Higgins is out in the Honda Storm Pilot looking for homes decorated for Christmas.

  • Freezing rain, sleet overnight led to icy morning commute

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Overnight sleet and freezing rain kept road crews busy and led to numerous crashes on both sides of the river. All of that meant a long commute for rush hour drivers. Some people were stuck in traffic for more than two hours. Countless cars slid on icy roads and crashed into guardrails, medians or in some cases cars slid off roadways into ditches. Big rig crashes on road and highways including I-64 and I-44 also caused […]

  • Just how low will temperatures go Monday night?

    (KTVI) – The bitter blast from the north could be one for the record books. Meteorologist Chris Higgins is out and about Monday night keeping watch on the tumbling temperatures. Follow Chris Higgins on Facebook and Twitter: Chris Higgins on Facebook Chris Higgins on Twitter Email: christopher.higgins@tvstl.com

  • Storm Prediction Center says 2014 may be one of the quietest on record

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KTVI) – As we move toward the end of 2014, it’s time to look back at the year that has been for severe weather.  According to experts at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) there has been at least one surprising trend this year. “As it stands right now, very preliminarily, we are standing right around 850 or so tornadoes. We still have a lot of data to gather, but it may end up being one of the […]

  • Southwest Airlines opens the door on its new flight operations center

    DALLAS, TX (KTVI) –The holiday travel season is almost here and it can be a stressful time for sure.  Southwest Airlines recently opened a new state-of-the-art Network Operations Control center (NOC) from which they manage all aspects of their large fleet’s daily operations. It is an impressive facility with an even more impressive mission to handle the massive logistics needed to keep 3400 plus flights a day flying safely and on time. There NOC floor is filled with aviation experts […]

  • Joplin revisited 3-years after deadly tornado

    JOPLIN, MO (KTVI) – Chris Higgins is on a road trip in the Gateway Honda Dealer Storm Pilot stopping in Joplin Missouri Tuesday. It’s been just over three years since the deadly Joplin EF5 tornado that ripped through the city killing over 150 people, destroying large portions of city and causing over $2 billion dollars in damage. Chris took a tour of the city Tuesday seeing what has been rebuilt and the recovery process since the tornado struck Joplin.

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    St. Louis County returns delayed because of overwhelming voter turnout

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Returns in St. Louis County are delayed because there are people still in line voting. No one in line at 7pm will be turned away. FOX 2 reporter Chris Higgins says voting locations in St. Louis County was overwhelmed by voter turnout. Pollsters ran out of paper ballots in some locations. Paper ballots are being printed and rushed to those polling places being impacted. Director Days did not say which polling places are impacted nor […]

  • Voter turnout maybe better than expected in St. Louis County

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – All indications are the weather has done little to slow down the voter turnout Tuesday.  At one polling place in Chesterfield, workers described it as “Presidential”. Election officials told FOX 2 just yesterday they thought a good day would be 40-45% turnout, but if early indications are correct, those estimates will end up being quite low. There have been several reports across the county of polling places running out of paper ballots.  Generally, the county expects […]