West Michigan weather should always be an important part of your travel plans. This lake can blow up summer storms quickly and you should always be aware of the potential.
Winter lake effect snows can dump several inches or feet of snow in no time at all. These are all things you need to keep in mind as you enjoy all this awesome Michigan beauty.
Keeping all this in mind, I will say I have seen some beautiful lightning displays at night over Lake Michigan. If you're at the beach and a storm is blowing up please do not wait till the last minute to seek shelter.
Storms come across Lake Michigan quickly and produce high winds that blow sand around and dangerous lightning. These summer storms usually pass quickly and you can then continue on with your plans.
Click here to go to the NOAA weather site. The site will open in a new window. All you have to do is put in the zip code of the town you are interested in. You will get the complete forecast including radar. We feel this is the most accurate Lake Michigan weather forecast available.
Cities are listed from south to north.
New Buffalo/Harbor Country - 49117
South Haven - 49090
Saugatuck/Douglas - 49453
Holland - 49423
Grand Haven - 49417
Muskegon - 49440
Pentwater - 49449
Ludington - 49431
Manistee - 49660
Frankfort - 49635
Elk Rapids - 49629
Boyne City - 49712
Charlevoix - 49720
Petoskey - 49770
Mackinaw City - 49701
Fortunately there are plenty of weather apps that can be downloaded on today's smartphones. Local TV stations usually have a weather app available for download (free) and you know it's reliable because it's local.
I just makes good sense to have one on yours. Advance warnings are sometimes lifesavers.