After a winter that left us dry and cracked, this week promises to see nothing but rain pound the Bay Area until next Monday. "As much as 5 inches of rain could fall across the Bay Area in the next few days," beams the Chronicle. "The Sierra could see 4 feet of snow above 6,500 feet, with lesser amounts at lower elevations."

Although this week will see a much-needed downpour, it probably won't be "
enough rain and snow to bring the state up to seasonal norms."

Photo: Vladimir Vlad snapped this gorgeous shot of Ocean Beach during Tuesday morning's rainfall.