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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
  • Local storm chasers gear up for first chase of the season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It has been a slow start to the severe weather season all across the country.  So far, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has only issued four Tornado Watches and zero Severe Thunderstorm Watches.  That’s the fewest ever for this point in the season. But a slow start does not mean a slow finish and indications are a more active pattern is shaping up over the next few days.  The prospects for severe weather have […]

  • St. Louis repairing sirens ahead of severe weather season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It has been almost five months since the St. Louis area has seen any severe weather.  You have to go back to October 13, 2014 when a tornado swept through parts of Freeburg, Illinois producing damage to homes and businesses.  Warm weather like Wednesday, serves as a reminder that the spring storm season is fast approaching. Crews with the St. Louis City Emergency Management office took advantage of the nice weather to conduct regular maintenance on […]

  • Awful winter weather stretching across the country

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The storm that slipped south of St. Louis yesterday blew up into a monster that produced crippling snow and ice from New York to Texas. A Delta Airlines flight slipped off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport shortly after landing, skidding to a stop just feet before it would have tumbled into the icy water if the East Bay. One of the wings was damaged and several passengers were injured – although none seriously. Here […]

  • Southern Missouri and Illinois take the brunt of Wednesday snow storm

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A potent cold front continues to drifting southward.  While the St. Louis metro area received less than 1″ of snow, as much as 2″ to 4″ is expected for southern counties in the News 11 and FOX 2 viewing area.  Anne Elise Parks traveled to near Red Bud Illinois which as seen a coating of snow and Chris Higgins is in our far southern counties where several inches of snow has fallen and continues to accumulate.  Metro St. Louis will see a few flurries linger into the evening with overnight lows near 10.  Thursday we will see the clouds erode and highs in the mid 20’s. Great news for the weekend, with sunshine and highs in the 50’s by Saturday […]

  • Some are questioning the need for tornado drills

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The spring tornado drill has been around for decades.  But this year’s may be one of the last in Missouri. A movement is gaining steam to look at the need to continue the official drill in the future. Today, when sirens sounded at 1:30 pm for the drill, most, but not all schools and municipalities participated. At Eureka High School, students were ushered from their classrooms to the designated shelters in order to remind them of […]

  • MSD asks residents to clear snow from storm drains

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Roads are plowed after 4” to 8” of snow over the weekend.  That pushed aside into huge piles along roads, driveways and parking lots.  Under some of those piles are sewer drains that crews have been working frantically to clear ahead of a quick warm-up and shot at rain Tuesday. MSD in Missouri and IDOT in Illinois are both working to clear those drains.  They are concerned that piles of snow could block run-off leading to […]

  • A roller coaster ride of weather this week

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The winter storm is gone, but wild weather is not. After a brief break in the active weather Monday, the next storm system to impact the Bi-State  arrives overnight. There is a chance of freezing rain after midnight Tuesday, especially north of St. Louis,  then a chance of rain and even a thunderstorm as temperatures climb towards 50° Tuesday afternoon. It doesn’t last long. A cold front arrives Tuesday night causing temps to plummet by Wednesday […]

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    Winter storm leaves behind 3″ to 8″ of snow, some ice

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The winter storm that brought 3” to 8” of snow to the St. Louis region is winding down. Pockets of light snow, freezing drizzle, and sleet continue to move through the area, primarily north of I-44 in Missouri and I-64 in Illinois. Areas where these bands of light precipitation move may see an additional ½” to 1” of snow or maybe a thin glaze of ice on top if the snow that has already fallen. Click here […]

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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.