How To See the Northern Lights
Per the SWPC's 3-Day Forecast, the best time to look for the northern lights will be through a couple of separate windows. The first is 5am to 11am EST on Wednesday, May 15. This could be a decent opportunity further west at the outset of the window when it is still dark outside. The Kp index prior to that window is only slightly lower, so you may even catch a glimpse leading into that time frame. However, as it gets light outside, the display will no longer be visible, rendering the latter portion of the alert useless for anyone hoping to see the aurora.
The second window is from 11am EST on May 16 to 5am on May 17. At various times, that entire stretch has been under a G1 alert, with the exception of a three-hour window where there's a G2. Unfortunately, it will be too light out to see the aurora in the US during the three hours under a G2 alert. The best time will be from 11pm EST to 5am. That time frame is under a G1 alert and should provide good viewing down to the green line on the map above.
To get the best view, you will need to get far from the light pollution of urban centers. If the aurora makes it all the way to the green line, it's still unlikely you'll spot it in a big city. Talking about the best conditions for watching the aurora, an SWPC representative previously told Thrillist, "You need very clear skies, a good view of the northern horizon (no trees, buildings, or hills), and it needs to be dark." The view is necessary because, outside of far-north regions, the lights will largely appear on the northern horizon rather than directly overhead.
This is a great opportunity to cross the spectacle off your bucket list. Plus, you'll get quality outdoor time. That's good. You've been sitting inside a bit too much lately.