A rare geomagnetic storm could lead to the northern lights phenomenon being visible in the Hudson Valley this weekend. Insider reports the reason being a giant cloud of particles known as a coronal mass ejection or CME combined with a solar flare that took place on the sun Wednesday have amplified the aurora borealis strength.

When the flare arrives at earth it will bend around the Earths magnetic field and head for the north and south pole which will give the northern lights extra reach according to CNN. Solar flares do have the potential to complicate communications systems all over the earth but impact this time around in that arena is expected to be minimal.

The intensity of the visuals will peak Saturday night and could be visible as far south as New York City and in other places like Chicago, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Let us know if you catch a Hudson Valley glimpse of northern lights this weekend!

Listen to Afternoons With Simon weekdays from 3PM to 7PM on 92.7/96.9 WRRV. Stream us live through the website, your Alexa-enabled device, Google Home or the WRRV mobile app.

Read more:

BONUS VIDEO