OAKLAND -- Sunshine was peeking through clouds on Wednesday after days of heavy rainfall that brought lightning strikes and hail around the Bay Area.
Forecasters predict dry weather for Thursday, with a 40 percent chance of rain Friday before temperatures begin to pick up over the weekend.
Downtown San Francisco got the biggest soaking overnight with .69 inches in the 24-hour period leading up to 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Steve Anderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. Concord received .27 inches, while Oakland saw .27. There was a light dusting of snow on Mount Hamilton in San Jose, and .24 inches of rain were recorded at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
All the downpours, however, don't make a dent in the region's ongoing drought. So far this season, it's rained 11.82 inches in downtown San Francisco, 9.12 inches in Oakland and 5.98 inches in San Jose. Those totals lag seasonal averages by about 8-12 inches.
The storm brought drama to a neighborhood in Oakland near Piedmont Avenue, where an oak tree toppled and damaged a white Toyota Prius and a purple Honda Civic on the 500 block of El Dorado Avenue. No injuries were reported.
"We had about five or so other tree-related calls this morning but they were minor," said Oakland Public Works spokeswoman Kristine Shaff on Wednesday morning.
Temperature highs are expected to be around 60 degrees over the next two days in most parts of the Bay Area, and warmer weather is predicted for Sunday and Monday.
To report problems with streets, trees, flooding or sidewalks call public works at 510-615-5569 or visit oaklandpw.com.
Natalie Neysa Alund and Kristopher Skinner contributed to this report. David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.