The biggest factor is, North America will be facing away from the shower during peak time. The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour.
The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view.
The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue. Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside.
"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky. To spot meteors best, look for the Big Dipper, and follow the arc of its handle to Arcturus, which is a bright star, the brightest in its constellation of Bootes.
"The lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.
The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle. Find a place where you can see the entire night sky. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark.