How To See the Northern Lights
The SWPC's 3-Day Forecast has the G1 alert two nights in a row. The first alert from 2-5am EST the morning of January 31. Thursday night, the G2 alert, when your chances are best, lasts from 8-11pm EST. During the second window, it will be too light for the aurora to be seen at its outset, but as it gets darker you should gain a better view, so maybe plan to head outside later rather than sooner. After 11pm, there is still a G1 alert on Thursday that will last until 2am.
For a good view, you'll need to get far from the light pollution of suburban and urban centers. All of that light makes it difficult to see the stars, let alone 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." You'll need a view of the northern horizon because, unless you're somewhere like Alaska or Finland, the lights will only be seen along the northern horizon rather than directly overhead.
It also helps to be outside for a while. Your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness to see as much as possible. Though, that's no small as considering the inhumane temperatures that have been sweeping across the northern parts of the nation.
The northern lights absolutely creep down to the US from time to time, but it's not a common occurrence and can feel even less common when you factor in that the weather needs to cooperate and that you probably don't want to go out when it feels like -50 outside. Moreover, the solar cycle is near its minimum, making events like this occur with less frequency. That makes this a great opportunity to get outside, cross the northern lights off your bucket list, and rehearse a braggy speech you'll perform at work the next day.