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 then moved to the lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday) in 2014. Now you can wake up with my forecasts Monday-Friday on Fox 2 News in the Morning!

In October 2002, I was honored to receive my first of seven Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for weather forecasting 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. 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
  • Rain exits Monday night, then changes to snow by Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS – Wet and cool are the weather words for Monday with cloudy skies and periods of rain through much of the day.  The most concentrated rain will be this morning with the rain becoming more patchy heading into this afternoon.  It will be cooler today with high temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50.  Tonight will be cloudy and drizzly with temperatures holding in the low to mid-40s. Tuesday will be a day of clouds and some drizzle with nearly […]

  • Spring flooding could be a major problem in the Missouri and Mississippi river valleys

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The National Weather Service released its first flood outlook for spring a few days ago and it does not paint a pretty picture. The weather service says that significant flooding is likely along both the Missouri and Mississippi river valleys this spring. In fact, at least moderate flooding is likely at most points along the Mississippi River with major flooding expected in Clarksville and Chester. The Missouri River forecast is a little better with moderate flooding […]

  • First leaves of spring coming 2 to 3 weeks early in the south

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — On this cold and cloudy February day, you may be looking for signs of spring. Well, here is some good news, at least for southerners, the arrival of the first leaves of spring is running a solid 10 to 20 days ahead of normal, or about 2 to 3 weeks early. We don’t yet have a budding forecast for St. Louis. But if you want to take a drive to somewhere that is starting to look […]

  • More frigid temperatures in store for Friday despite afternoon sunshine

    ST. LOUIS – Mostly clear skies and frigid temperatures out the door this morning… in the single digits with wind chills below zero!  Sunny skies are expected today and temperatures will slowly warm into the 20s this afternoon. Clouds will sneak in overnight and it will not be as cold…with temperatures only falling to near 20.  The weekend warm-up remains on track with highs near 50 Saturday and in the 50s for Sunday! Bundling up in layers and staying dry is one of […]

  • Brrrr! Bitter cold temps, wind chills move into the region

    ST. LOUIS – Temperatures will drop sharply early this morning behind a cold front with readings falling into the teens by sunrise!  Wind chills will plummet to near zero and stay there for much of the day thanks to a gusty northwest wind.  Skies will start cloudy with a few snow flurries but those will quickly dry up with no additional accumulation. Tonight will be the coldest night of the season so far with low temperatures settling into the low single digits […]

  • Blast of rain, sleet, snow to hit St. Louis, followed by bitter cold temps

    ST. LOUIS – A winter weather system will bring a mix of snow, sleet, and rain to the region Wednesday morning. It will start as snow after 8:00 a.m. but will quickly transition to a cold rain as temperatures warm above freezing.  Before the switch to rain…there may be a brief build-up of slush on roads.  High temperatures will warm into the mid/upper 30s.  Precipitation should remain mostly snow over our northernmost communities where 2” to 3” is expected by this evening. For […]

  • Mix of snow, sleet and rain expected in St. Louis Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Overnight rain and snow showers have moved off to the east and now we are left with dry weather for today. Look for clouds and spots of sunshine this morning, improving to a mix of clouds and sun for this afternoon. High temperatures will warm into the 40s. Tonight will be dry with increasing clouds and a low temperature near 30. Wednesday brings our next round of winter weather. Look for a mix of snow, sleet, […]

  • Wet wintry mix expected in St. Louis Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Overcast skies for Monday means temperatures will struggle to make it to the upper 30s. We might get some sun late in the day. Tonight will bring cloudy skies and maybe a spot rain or snow shower. Overnight temperatures will dip to around 32 degrees. Tuesday is looking pretty nice, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s. The next system moves in on Wednesday. It looks more like cold rain, with perhaps some wet […]

  • Quick burst of rain and snow possible this afternoon and evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Intervals of clouds and sunshine on tap for today with temperatures warming into the upper 30s by late this afternoon. We need to keep an eye on a fast-moving weather system for this evening that will bring a burst or two of snow and rain between 6pm and 9pm. This could briefly be heavy and result in some short term road issues in a few spots. The snow bursts are gone by midnight with temperatures falling […]

  • With snow on the way, winter storm warning issued for St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS – All systems are “go” for a winter storm to produce a significant impact across much of the region Wednesday into tonight.  The morning rush hour will not be an issue, although there will be spotty flurries, drizzle and sleet around.  The main event begins to unfold late this morning as a heavy mix of sleet, snow and some freezing rain will rapidly spread northeast out of southwest Missouri. The winter mix will arrive in St. Louis between 10:00 a.m. […]

  • Several inches of snow expected in St. Louis during this week’s waves of winter weather

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Colder air is now in control with spotty light rain showers likely the rest of today into tonight. Some mixing with snow and sleet may occur northwest of St. Louis this evening. I am expecting little if any impact to travel as a result. This will be quick and temperatures are very marginal and the ground is quite warm. The same holds for tonight, only spotty very light wintry mix is on the table. I don’t […]

  • Icy winter mix transitioning to heavy rain threat as temperatures warm

    ST. LOUIS – Freezing rain Friday afternoon and evening left behind a glaze of ice, but temperatures are climbing above freezing into the overnight. That means the ice threat will go away as the evening goes on.  But we could see heavy rainfall overnight and maybe hear some rumbles of thunder. Rainfall totals could be 1″ to 1.5″.  Runoff from this rain may lead to flooding in streams and low-lying areas, especially since we just had 4″ to 7″ of […]

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