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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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    Midwest blizzard means rain for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – As the big Midwest storm cranks up blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska into Iowa, I continue to monitor the “spring side” of the storm. We’ve already had a few pockets of downpours with thunder and there will be a few more into Tuesday afternoon. The line of showers and thunder showers that is currently west of St. Louis will make steady progress to the east and should clear the St. Louis area and the Highway 67 corridor by […]

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    New flood gages installed in Fenton MO

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The United States Geological Survey is teaming up with the City of Fenton and MSD to install a new river monitoring gage on the Meramec River.  This gage will provide, for the first time, an exact measurement on the Meramec at Fenton.  No longer will they have to rely on readings from Valley Park and Arnold, the next two closest gages. Paul Rydlund is a supervising hydrologist with USGS.  He asked us to […]

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    This year’s first snow ushers in bitter cold weather for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Saturday’s weather event has proven to be a challenge, as most are. The first wave of the storm rolled in early and is now lifting northeast, away from St. Louis. The storm left behind a sloppy 1 to 3 inches from St. Louis county to the west and north. For areas immediately east of downtown, and south of I-70 the precipitation ended before the colder arrived. There has been no accumulation in these areas and […]

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    Total snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ expected Saturday in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Rain will spread into the region from the south later Saturday morning. The rain will continue through the morning as temperatures continue to fall. By midday, cloud temperatures will become cold enough to generate a mix of sleet and snow with the rain, northwest of I-44 in MO and west of I-55 in IL. Any mix will change to snow between noon and 3pm in St. Louis and between 3pm and 5pm southeast of St. […]

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    Snow expected in St. Louis this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There a fair number of conflicting signals with this evenings forecast data. The good news is they all agree it is going to snow. The devil is in placement of the snow band and figuring how much to actually post on a map. There are some indicators that point to more than I’m forecasting but there are several very important ones that do not. I’m going with a somewhat conservative approach and think these numbers […]

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    Snow slides into the forecast for St. Louis this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Weather data continues to show growing support for our first winter weather system of the year this weekend and my confidence in some generally light accumulating snow across our viewing area continues to increase. The map below shows the region I feel is most likely to see at least some light accumulations…and will get refined and filled in with more detail as we get closer All indications are that a storm system will eject out of […]

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    Flood supply handouts in Eureka

    EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – Volunteers from across the region converged on the parking lot at Six Flags in Eureka to fill bags of food and clean-up supplies to help those impacted by the historic flooding in the area. The Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Louis county offices of emergency management, teamed up with the State Emergency Management offices as well as several local agencies, like the United Way to organize the “drive-thru” pickup event that will be held from 11 a.m. […]

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    Check the latest river stage information for crest forecasts

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Obviously the Meramec and its tributaries are the biggest news of a lot of big flooding news. Crest forecasts continue to increase ahead of the crest in Valley Park. The top level not forecast to reach almost 5 feet above the old record when it crests Thursday. More information: Meramec River at Pacific is cresting. #Flooding #mowx #stlwx — NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) December 30, 2015 With so many people in need during […]

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    Arnold residents upset over evacuation notice

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – The gas was cut Tuesday evening to an Arnold neighborhood along Carol Street, just southwest of Arnold City Park. Water is expected to get into this neighborhood and flood most of the homes with anywhere from several inches to several feet. Fox 2 News has been told this is a mandatory evacuation, although many residents here say they will not be leaving, afraid that their property will not be protected. Several of these residents are elderly […]

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    Historic, life threatening heavy rain and flood event continues

    Historic and life threatening heavy rain and flood event continues. There have been at least 11 fatalities in the flooding in Missouri and Illinois from drivers who drove into flooded roadways. This is an incredibly dangerous and life threatening situation with a STATE OF EMERGENCY now declared in Missouri and in St. Louis County. Rainfall totals so far have ranged from 4″ to 8″ in a band along and north of I-70 in Illinois stretching back to along I-44 in […]

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    Heavy rain may crest area rivers near historic records

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue through Monday morning before slowly tapering off during the afternoon. The total rainfall will range from 6″ to 12″ in a band from near St. Louis back to the west and southwest into the Lake of the Ozark. The rest of the region ranging from 3″ to 6″. Winds will get quite strong and gusty as the center of the storm moves through the area. Some gusts will be […]

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    Severe weather threat to continue around St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Severe threat will take a break for a couple of hours around St. Louis but it is not over. A strong storm system remains over northwest Missouri. Skies are starting to clear out once again in the wake of the latest round of strong/severe storms that passed south/east of St. Louis. The atmosphere is quickly recharging over western and central Missouri ahead of a dry-line/wind shift. The actual cold front lags the dry line by a few […]