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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 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
  • Mix of snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle expected in St. Louis late Sunday

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Friday brings another day of “milky sunshine” with plenty of high clouds to filter the sunshine. It will not be as windy today but it will still be above normal with high temperatures topping off near or just above 50. A fast-moving front will bring a quick hit of rain showers very late tonight into Saturday morning, and maybe even a few flakes of snow. Temperatures tonight will dip into the mid-50s. Saturday will bring gusty […]

  • St. Louis may see a snowy mix late this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A very cold start today will thaw out nicely by this the afternoon, under a mostly sunny sky.  Temperatures will top off in the mid-40s with a westerly breeze.  Some high clouds flow in tonight and it will not be as cold, with overnight lows near 30. Thursday will be breezy and mild with a high in the 50s.  Clouds increase Friday, but it stays dry with a high temperature in the upper 40s. Long-range concerns […]

  • Will we have a white Christmas? Meteorologist Chris Higgins checks the probability

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — What are the chances that we will have a white Christmas.  FOX 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins says that it may be too early to predict the forecast for December, 25.  But, we can check the historical probability of at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. The most recent accumulating snow that fell on Christmas day was 0.3 inches in 2010. That was part of a larger storm that produced several inches […]

  • Strong thunderstorms and gusty winds expected Tuesday evening and night

    ST. LOUIS –  It is a busy travel week and the weather is not cooperating. Big snow is expected Tuesday for the Great Plains and Upper Mississippi River basin. For the Midwest and the South, there’s a chance for severe weather Tuesday evening. For St. Louis, fast-moving strong to severe storms are expected to develop late Tuesday evening and race through the area by 2:00am Wednesday.  High winds, hail, and even a tornado are all possible. Following the storms, it will […]

  • Snowy commute

    Glenn Zimmerman’s long-range winter 2019-2020 forecast

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The FOX 2 and News 11 Weather Team is ready for winter forecasting but are you ready for the types of weather the season may bring? Two organizations that must prepare and prepare early are the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation. Sometimes, even with lots of planning, winter snow and ice can get the best of their efforts. John Fuller spoke with MoDOT and Missouri State Troopers about the absolute mess that a big snow […]

  • First snow, near-record cold are on the way for the St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS – Rain will develop early Monday morning and then mix briefly with sleet and snow before changing to all snow by mid-morning.  The entire area should have snow falling by noon. The snow will taper off to flurries between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p. m. The ground is still warm from the weekend so that will keep the accumulations fairly light ranging from a dusting to a few spots of 2 inches. As temperatures drop below freezing this afternoon […]

  • Trick-or-treat forecast: Temperatures near freezing this evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Windy, cold and a bit wintery out there for Halloween.  Expect some areas of light rain mixed with light snow and flurries.  Little, if any accumulation is expected in St. Louis.  Some light accumulations of snow (less than 1″) will be possible from Montgomery County, Missouri up into Pike County, Missouri and perhaps northern Calhoun and Greene Counties in Illinois. Roads will be wet, but should not become icy.  Temperatures have dropped into the lower 30s and […]

  • Bundle up for Halloween! Temperatures dropping this week

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A strong cold front has pushed through the region. Temperatures have tumbled into the upper 30s and low-40s this morning. Expect mostly cloudy skies today with some patchy drizzle and only a slight temperature bump this afternoon back into the mid-40s. A new weather system will bring periods of rain starting late this evening and continuing through Wednesday into Wednesday night. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the lower 40s until late Wednesday night. Even colder […]

  • Wet and cool weather expected this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. —  Clouds and some spotty drizzle will be around early this morning with temperatures n the 40s.  I expect to see some thin spots develop in the cloud deck this afternoon with temperatures easing into the middle 50s. Friday night is cloudy and cool with lows dipping back into the 40s. Saturday is a washout with periods of rain and temperatures in the low to mid-50s. Sunday will see improvement with a mix of clouds and sunshine.  […]

  • Cooler temperatures seeping into St. Louis along with some showers

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The cold front is pressing through the area early this morning and this will likely be the warmest part of the day.  Expect more clouds than sun and a few quick showers this morning followed by increasing sunshine this afternoon.  Temperatures will hold nearly steady through the day in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  Skies will clear out tonight and it will be CHILLY!  Lows will dip into the 40s and low 50s. Friday will bring a mix of […]

  • Wet weekend probably won’t be a total washout for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A new day, but pretty much the same weather. Pleasant out the door this morning with a touch of humidity and mostly clear skies. It heats up again under mostly sunny skies this afternoon with daytime temps topping off near 90 degrees. There is a very slight chance for a spot shower west and northwest of metro St. Louis late this afternoon. Tonight will bring a few clouds and temperatures dipping to near 70. degrees. Friday […]

  • The Labor Day weekend forecast may start with rain

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A slow-moving weather system will bring mostly cloudy skies the rest of today. There is a chance for showers and a few rumbles of thunder this afternoon into this evening. Temperatures will warm to near 80 by noon, then fall back into the 70s this afternoon. Showers and some thunder are likely this evening up through about midnight then we dry out. Saturday and Sunday will both be mostly cloudy with a risk of a stray […]

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