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 now work as lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday).

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. 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
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    USGS deploying hit-tech tools to aid in flood forecasting

    HERMANN, MO (KTVI) – The Spring flood season will be here before you know it and the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up to keep tabs on our area rivers. The USGS installs and maintains the vast majority of river gauges across the country.  This year they have a new tool.  They are installing webcams on some rivers to get a bird’s-eye view of what is going on down on the water below. USGS Supervising Hydrologist, Paul Rydlund, says the […]

  • FOX Files: The Blizzard of ‘82

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The “Blizzard of ’82” is arguably the biggest missed forecast in our region’s weather history. The outlook that evening called for rain to change to snow with up to four inches accumulation possible.  But when the city awoke that Sunday morning, they found the heaviest snow in nearly 80 years. Twelve to twenty-four inches of snow buried much of St. Louis County, Downtown and the Metro East.  The region was paralyzed for days. Back then […]

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    Lightning strikes St. Louis County school gymnasium

    WARSON WOODS, MO (KTVI) – After a weekend spent under a threat of an ice storm, the wild winter season continued Monday with reported lightning strikes. Yes; lightning in January. First responders in St. Louis County were called to a lightning strike at a local church in Warson Woods late Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic School on N. Woodlawn Avenue. It turns out the lightning didn’t hit the church, but rather the nearby gymnasium. […]

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    Two down, one to go: Another round of icy weather expected Sunday

    ST. LOUIS – Ding, ding, ding…the bell has tolled and round #2 of 3 rounds of icy weather is done for our area. Borderline temperatures, mostly around 31° or 32° Saturday morning, allowed for most of the rainfall we saw not to freeze on contact. But an Ice Storm Warning remains in effect for the FOX 2 News viewing area through Noon on Sunday. We have one more wave to go. Ice accumulations so far have been highest south of St. Louis, […]

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    Forecast: Waves of icy weather to sweep through St. Louis through Sunday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It is a real challenge to keep the forecast for this winter storm event simple enough to understand, yet, with enough detail to satisfy the viewer’s desire for information and need alert the public. But, I will give it my best shot. Everything is pretty much on track with my previous forecasts for this event. Some key points: This is NOT an epic storm as some in the social media world have described it. This IS […]

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    Forecast: Friday’s freezing rain may glaze St. Louis in ice

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – To say this is a complex forecast would be an understatement. Temperatures hovering just below or very near freezing are key to this forecast, along with where and when the most substantial icing will occur. Please consult this map so you can get an idea of what I’m thinking for this event.  First, none of this is for Thursday. I don’t expect anything anywhere until early Friday morning. Let’s go by zones: Zone #1: They are the first to […]

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    Winter Storm Watch issued from Thursday night into Saturday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Thursday night into Saturday afternoon. A strong cold front is expected to sweep across the area early Thursday morning at around sunrise. This will making that the warmest part of the day. Behind the front temperatures will tumble back through the 30’s. We should reach the mid 20’s by early Friday morning. WINTER WEATHER EVENT UPDATE (Fri, Sat, Sun): There are still MANY […]

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    Potentially icy winter weather starts Friday; may continue into weekend

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A wild week of watching changing weather patterns and tracking fronts is well underway. Today we wake with a gusty south wind and temperatures rapidly warming into the 50’s, maybe even close to 60 in a few spots. The gusty winds are bringing up some moisture and a few spotty rain showers will be around until early this afternoon. A cold front sweeps through this afternoon bringing a brief return to cold air tonight..with lows […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory: St. Louis could see ‘dusting’ to 3″ of snow Thursday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  A Winter Weather Advisory goes in effect tonight as accumulating snow is on the way. Allow plenty of travel time Thursday. The morning weather data is in and there are really only some cosmetic changes to the going forecast of the past several days. Obviously it is cold and will remain quite cold today into tonight. Everything that falls with this weak Clipper system will fall in the form of snow, and a band of […]

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    Light snow in the forecast for Thursday morning

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The fog was been blown out but the low clouds will remain into this evening…and tonight. Cold air is pouring into the bi-state area from the north. Temperatures will steadily slide back through the 40s and into the 30s by sunset. By Wednesday morning temperatures will reach down to near 20, colder northwest of St. Louis. My forecast for some light snow for Thursday is still right on track. A weak weather system will spread snow, mostly […]

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    Slick roads, snow Saturday night as temperatures plummet

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -A Winter Weather Advisory continues through midnight Sunday. After a brief warm up Saturday morning, much colder air is moving back into the region. Mist and drizzle began to freeze on contact with untreated surfaces late in the day. As temperatures continued to plummet,  the light icy mist changed to light snow. Accumulations of 1” are possible west of St. Louis, Bowling Green down to Hermann, with less than 1″  elsewhere, including metro St. Louis. Any snow exits […]

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    Hidden Valley starts making snow for the season

    EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – The first real blast of cold weather is hitting the St. Louis area Wednesday night.  Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens before the weekend and Fox 2’s Chris Higgins is in Eureka, at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Tonight, they turned on the snow making machines, so they can start putting down a base for the season.