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
  • Significant rain in the forecast for several days

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. —  The rain has arrived. Steady rain with some embedded flashes of lightning will continue this afternoon into tonight with intervals of rain Friday through Friday night. Total accumulations of 1-2 inches of rain are likely by Saturday morning. Temperatures will stay steady in the upper 40s to low 50s. See the current weather radar here.

  • Highs winds and tornadoes leave a path of destruction in central and southern Illinois

    STAUNTON, IL – The threat for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms has ended in central and southern Illinois, but not before multiple tornadoes touchdown producing various degrees of damage from near Staunton, IL, up north along I-55 through Mount Olive and Litchfield. The Christian County Illinois Emergency Management says the city of Taylorville was hit hard by Saturday evenings storm.  The Taylorville Fire Department along with outside EMS crews are trying to clear large debris in the area to reach people […]

  • More snow expected through Thursday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The snow is here.  Accumulations of 4″ to 6″ inches are on the ground in an area stretching from Rolla, Missouri to Springfield, Illinois.  Now, there appears to be more of the white stuff in St. Louis’ forecast. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says that the snow will continue to fall Thursday morning. The precipitation should be tapering off from west to east this afternoon. Storm totals for Metropolitan St. Louis will be in the 4” to 8” […]

  • Winter storm expected to bring several inches of snow to St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There is a winter storm in the forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday. The heaviest snow will be from the St. Louis metro to the east. Snow will develop from and build in from the southeast to the northwest, toward the St. Louis metro on Wednesday night and continue at least through noon Thursday. The National Weather Service upgraded its Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning for St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jersey County, […]

  • Snow to impact St. Louis Monday afternoon and evening

    ST. LOUIS — A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the St. Louis area through Monday evening.  Our next winter storm arrived right on schedule late Monday morning, sending snow showers north and east into the St. Louis region. Snow will continue through the afternoon and into the evening before exiting off to the east. Accumulations will be around 1 inch, with higher totals to the southwest along the I-44 corridor. While most accumulations will be limited mainly to […]

  • Quick bursts of snow could impact evening commute

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A winter weather advisory has been issued for the area until this afternoon and early this evening. A secondary cold front and upper-level system is dropping southeast toward St. Louis and will bring some fast, quick hitting, bursts of moderate to heavy snow. The snow bursts will last 5-10 minutes in any one location and will briefly reduce visibility significantly during the evening rush hour. Accumulations will be fairly limited. There will be a light coating […]

  • Share your pics! Light coat of snow blankets areas near St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The first “mood snow” of the season left behind a light coating of snow…right where it was supposed to…mainly along and north of I-70 in Illinois and along and west of I-44 in Missouri. A slushy coating built up on grassy surfaces with some spots actually able to measure. Lambert reported a trace for Thursday which ties the record for the day (not very impressive…I know). There is another weather system that has me a little […]

  • First snowflakes of the season may fall this week

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — We may see the first snowflakes of the season Thursday along and northwest of I-44 in Missouri and I-70 in Illinois. Light rain may develop Thursday evening and mix with or change to light snow before ending late Thursday night. Some slushy minor accumulation may build up on grassy or elevated surfaces in a zone from near Columbia, MO up to Quincy, IL. Accumulation is unlikely for metro St. Louis and points south and east. I […]

  • Meet the Woods Basement Systems Storm Runner

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – FOX 2’s Weather team has a new toy. Meet the Woods Basement Systems Storm Runner! This is the 3rd iteration of the vehicle. We’re now driving a GMC Yukon. The roomy vehicle has some comfortable seats. There are a lot of cameras in the vehicle. It also has tools to help track storms and measure atmospheric conditions. There are also expandable displays to help us tell you stories from the vehicle.

  • SAFB to play host to military aircraft being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL – As the military is working to move many of the naval ships, and aircraft out of harm’s way. Scott Air Force Base will play host to 20 C-17’s that will be evacuated from Charleston, South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence.

  • Flash flooding a concern after constant rain in forecast

    ST. LOUIS, MO — All systems are go for a major rainfall event across the Bi-State area. The storms we get today (Thursday) will be mainly in the afternoon and there will be breaks in the coverage. Consider it the “warm-up act” to the main event which really doesn’t get rolling until late Friday, and will last through early Sunday. This is a slightly different look at rainfall probabilities. Breaking it down into three categories: There is a slim chance […]

  • Gordon expected to bring a very wet weekend to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The dry weather of the past few days will come to a fast end starting Thursday as the moisture associated with Tropical Storm Gordon surges north into the region. One of our more reliable long-range forecast models is predicting from 2″ to 5″ of rain across the entire region starting Thursday and ending Sunday morning. These numbers look very reasonable considering how much moisture is already available. There will be a few scattered storms around Thursday but […]