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
  • Scott Air Force Base crews complete special medical transportation training

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE – Medical airmen at Scott Air Force base recently completed specialized patient staging training.  Patient staging teams serve as the interface between battlefield hospitals and the aeromedical system which transports the wounded or injured back to a major hospital for more acute care. Teams practiced the physical handoff of patients as well as their critical information.  They practiced the marshaling of emergency vehicles, radio protocols and even went so far as to train while wearing bulky […]

  • Cheers to Heroes winning beer now available at AB Biergarten

    ST. LOUIS – Anheuser-Busch is continuing to honor veterans and first responders through their “Cheers to the Heroes” brewing competition.  Back in the Fall, six teams of employee/veterans along with a couple of first responder teams faced off in a brewing competition to see who could make the best beer. The teams each spent a day working in the Star Shop Brewery at A-B, working with a master brewer to come up with their selection.  The winning beer was brewed […]

  • Freezing drizzle a possibility this weekend, light snow accumulation

    The mild temperatures were nice while they lasted, but poof, they’re gone. The cold air is here for the weekend and now we wait for a limited supply of moisture to get pushed up from the south and generate some very light wintry precipitation at times Saturday into Sunday. This is a small, weak weather system, but it could still create some impacts–particularly Saturday night–due to a little bit of a light mix of sleet, freezing drizzle, and some snow. […]

  • Winter weather possible Tuesday into Tuesday night

      ST. LOUIS, MO —  A cold front moved through early Sunday morning and temperatures are falling along with gusty winds out of the northwest which will cause wind chills in the teens for most of the afternoon. Flurries will also be possible, but won’t amount to much. A few spots of light snow will be around Monday evening into early Tuesday morning, but better snow chances stay north and northeast of the St. Louis region. The main concern for […]

  • Winter mix moves into St. Louis Thursday evening; significant temp drop

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Thursday will be a very interesting day across the area. We go from our brief taste of spring back to the deep cold of winter, all within about two hours. Most of the region will remain east of the strong cold front at around noon Thursday. Metro St. Louis will see temperatures near to 60 degrees through the early afternoon. Cold air will be rapidly filtering south. Scattered rain showers will be possible. For the most […]

  • Weekend weather may include snow and ice

      ST. LOUIS, MO — Thursday is a very cold day here in St. Louis with temperatures in the teens.  These chilly temperatures will be followed up by a quick hitting “Clipper” system that will spread a narrow band of light snow and flurries down the Mississippi River.  That may happen late this evening into early Saturday morning. This band of precipitation will be very narrow. Within the band people will see only a dusting to perhaps 1/2″ of snow, […]

  • Interactive map shows the likelihood of a white Christmas

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, dreaming of it only gets you so far. We have a way for you to see which cities are most likely to have a white Christmas in 2017. NOAA created this interactive map that guides you through the climatological chances of individual towns seeing snow next Monday. For some the odds are pretty high. There’s a 99 percent chance in Crested Butte, Colorado. For others it is not […]

  • Cold blast begins Tuesday after gusty storms

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The long advertised cold blast arrives Monday evening with a cold front sweeping a quick hitting line of storms to the region. Some of these storms may produce 40 to near 60 mph wind gusts as the roll through between 8pm and 11pm. Behind the front temperatures will crash into the 30’s by Tuesday morning.  They only rebound to near or just above 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon. An even stronger push of cold air will follow […]

  • Trip to Santa’s Magical Kingdom in Eureka will help local charities

    EUREKA, MO — The St. Charles Nissan Storm Runner is on the road. It’s at Santa’s Magical Kingdom in Eureka where your trip through the lights tonight will help some local charities. More information.  

  • De Smet Jesuit students ready for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

    CREVE COEUR, Mo. – The official death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria stands at 55, although some officials say privately it may be as much as nine times higher. Those numbers reflect a still very difficult situation on the ground in the U.S. territory, which is why a group of students from De Smet Jesuit High School are trading in a week of work in the classroom for a week of hard labor in Puerto Rico. Ten students […]

  • Holiday lights display in O’Fallon MO

    O’FALLON, MO –  The St Charles Nissan Storm Runner at another gem of a holiday light display.  The Celebration of Lights at Fort Zumwalt Park is said to be the largest in St. Charles County with well over 1 million lights. But it is the custom scenes built by local not for profits that set this place apart and definitely make it worth a visit. Check out their website for hours of operation and prices.    

  • Gateway Motorsports Park kicks off their inaugural holiday light experience

    MADISON, Ill. – Gateway Motorsports Park kicks off its inaugural holiday light experience Friday evening at sunset. “The Magic of Lights” will bring families into the Christmas spirit as they drive through lights in the unique surroundings of Gateway Motorsports Park. The family-friendly holiday display will be open daily from dusk to 10 p.m. Prices range from $20 and up depending on the size of the car. A portion of the proceeds raised will go to Blues for Kids, the St. […]