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
  • Dangerous cold to be followed by dusting of snow this evening

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Temperatures and wind chills will remain below zero for much of the morning under mostly sunny skies.  This afternoon, the winds will diminish, and temperatures will start the slow climb back above zero, heading for an afternoon high near 8°. For the evening rush into early tonight, a fast-moving system will bring a quick hit of light snow to areas along and south of I-70 There should be a light dusting to spotty 1” totals are […]

  • Dangerous cold to follow dusting of snow for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A fast-moving weather system will bring a quick round of light snow and flurries to the region this morning into early this afternoon. Accumulations will range from a dusting to around 1” with a few spots close to 2” possible northeast of St. Louis.  Once the snow moves out skies will turn partly sunny and temperatures will warm up into the upper 30’s. Tonight and Sunday look dry with temps in the 20’s tonight and in […]

  • Flurries could complicate evening commute as ‘Clipper Train’ rolls in

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Lots of sunshine out the door…but it is very cold! The first in a series of clipper systems will arrive late this afternoon bringing increasing clouds. Temperatures will be slow to warm at first but will eventually jump to near 30 by late this afternoon. Expect some snow flurries or brief periods of light snow this evening which could impact some of the evening commute. Although, no more than a light dusting is expected at this […]

  • Storm’s southeastern shift means less snow for St. Louis, more for Farmington

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – There are some significant changes to the forecast. This complex storm has come together differently than I expected, even as of last night, with a shift a bit more to the southeast. This is most likely because of the pressure being put on it from the north for the strong, cold high-pressure system. Rain should actually taper off for a while this morning as the cold arrives in St. Louis. There may be some brief light […]

  • Another round of winter weather rolls into St. Louis this weekend

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — We’re in for some more snowy weather this weekend.  There is a Winter Storm Warning for Pike County, Missouri late today through Saturday. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of the rest of the viewing area, including metropolitan St. Louis for late tonight and Saturday. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says the rain will start rolling in tonight around midnight. It will then mix with and change to snow Saturday morning.  The first to changeover will […]

  • Several inches of snow in this weekend’s forecast

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — What is the forecast for the snowstorm this weekend?  Meteorologist Chris Higgins says that rain will roll into the area late Friday night.  There should be a brief period of a winter mix before changing to snow early Saturday morning. Snow will continue through much of the day Saturday, ending by evening with falling temperatures and gusty winds.  Several inches of snow remain possible for the area. There are still a lot of questions with this […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory extended, freezing drizzle, fog to affect commute

    ST. LOUIS –  Waking up with clouds, fog, and again some patchy drizzle Wednesday morning with a few spots of freezing drizzle northwest of St. Louis. The  National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a Winter Weather Advisory Tuesday night. It has been expanded and extended until noon Wednesday due to freezing drizzle and additional ice accumulation. Roads may have developed icy patches, so slow down and use caution while driving. Expect the cloudy skies to hang around today with temperatures slowly climbing into the mid […]

  • Storm to bring wintry mix, frigid temps for the weekend

    Who stole the sun? Snowmelt will be slow again today as clouds remain trapped over the bi-state area.  With cloudy skies, temperatures will once again only warm a few degrees today into the middle 30’s.  Cloudy skies will continue tonight into Wednesday with only a slight dip in temperatures tonight back to near freezing. Then temperatures should be in the upper 30’s Wednesday.  A weak weather system will zip across the region late Wednesday night and Thursday bringing some rain […]

  • Several inches of snow in this weekend’s forecast

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Have you heard? There is snow in the forecast for late Friday into the weekend. Confidence in a pretty significant accumulating snow (greater than 3″) continues to grow today as most of my key indicators are still favorable for winter weather starting late Friday afternoon and lasting through at least Saturday evening…with some potential to linger into Sunday. The precipitation will spread in from the southwest Friday, and will likely start as a mix of rain, […]

  • 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” […]

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