We may see Northern Lights from Seattle area on Wednesday night

Heads Up for our readers in Washington state.

If the clear, cold weather holds, Washingtonians on both sides of the mountains could be in for a rare treat when minor geomagnetic storms set the stage for a view of the Northern Lights on Wednesday night.

The 24-hour watch begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday and lasts through Thursday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center. The best chances to see the phenomenon will be when it’s dark outside.

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) are the result of electrons from a Coronal Mass Ejection or high-speed solar wind stream colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, according to NOAA.