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Broad swath of Alaska could possibly see aurora borealis overnight

Alaska Dispatch
The northern lights blaze over the Kuskokwim River near McGrath on Wednesday night.
Stephen Nowers photo
Northern lights over the Talkeetna Mountains
Stephen Nowers photo
Northern lights over the town of McGrath.
Stephen Nowers photo

The northern lights forecast for much of Alaska was looking pretty decent Wednesday, with a "moderate" chance of catching the aurora across a large swath of the state.

A moderate forecast, according to the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute, means:

Weather permitting, moderate displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to as far south as Talkeetna and visible low on the horizon as far south as Bethel, Soldotna and Southeast Alaska.

Unfortunately, cloud cover from a storm that blew in Tuesday [http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/white-out-blizzard-conditions-seri... likely make viewing the lights difficult across Southcentral Alaska. Rain and snow were forecast from Anchorage, down the Kenai Peninsula and across Prince William Sound, with as much as 3 inches possible in some areas.

A winter weather advisory remained in effect for the eastern Susitna Valley and Copper River Basin.