WTOP’s Top 5 morning stories

Good morning, Washington area — Five stories to keep you informed and get you going:

Nor’easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast: A spring nor’easter packing soaking rain and high winds churned up the Northeast Monday morning, unleashing a burst of winter and up to a foot of snow in higher elevations inland, closing some schools and sparking concerns of power outages. http://bit.ly/JkZDG6

Hill panels expanding probes of Secret Service: The Secret Service has confirmed that one of the 12 employees implicated in the scandal had stayed at a different hotel in Cartagena than the others. He stayed at the Hilton, where President Obama later would stay. http://bit.ly/JkZqCK

Property taxes to rise in Arlington: The Arlington County Board voted Saturday to raise property taxes by 1.3 percent. It will mean the average homeowner will pay about $156 more in real estate taxes and water and sewer fees next year. http://bit.ly/JkZRwT

Rare free parking comes to an end in NW: Parking is hard to come by in D.C., especially free parking. On Monday, hundreds living and working near the National Cathedral will lose the privilege. http://bit.ly/Jl01UZ

Prom spending soars despite down economy: The average amount families will spend on prom this year is 34 percent higher than the year before, about $1,088, according to a recent survey by Visa. And that’s just the national average. When broken down by region, Northeast families, including those in the D.C. area, will spend a whopping $1,944 on prom, according to the study. http://bit.ly/IyNJcr

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