WALNUT CREEK -- Don't wait for Santa to bring you new galoshes or a raincoat this year. You'll need them long before Christmas.

A series of storms expected to hit the Bay Area as soon as Tuesday night could leave residents dodging persistent showers for the next five days, with heavy rain in parts that will prompt a rapid rise in small creeks, officials say.

The Tuesday night forecast from the National Weather Service notes a slight chance of rain. By Wednesday, strong winds in the morning should give way to thunderstorms and rain brought by a short but intense system in the afternoon, according to Charles Bell, a meteorologist for the weather service.

After that, the sun will be playing hide-and-seek for the rest of the week, with scattered showers filling in gaps between storms that are expected to drop between two and four inches of rain on the East and South Bay by Sunday evening.

Higher-elevation areas in the North Bay could see as much as 10 inches, Bell said.

"We won't have completely dry conditions (through the end of the week)," he added.

Thursday will provide a short break, with showers possible throughout the day. The next system will move in on Friday, with another following Saturday afternoon and clearing out by Sunday evening.

That weekend system may still be lingering overhead when the Oakland Raiders host the Cleveland Browns at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Bell said.

Residents are advised to check storm drains and rain gutters to make sure they're not blocked by debris, Bell said. Officials aren't expecting any major river flooding, but small creeks could rise rapidly, he added.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.