Gas prices are expected to continue to climb with Memorial Day approaching and travel picking up.
The Energy Information Administration's summer forecast is for gas prices to be slightly higher this summer than last, with USA consumers paying an average of $2.46 per gallon, 23 cents per gallon higher than the average price in 2016, according to the EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook.
As of Monday, the national average increased for 20 consecutive days, with pump prices in 43 states and Washington, D.C., moving higher over the prior week, AAA reported.
Most gas stations in the Grand Forks metro area were selling gas for $2.29 per gallon, on track with most of the state, according to GasBuddy.com, a website that analyzes fuel prices across the country.
Montgomery- $2.18/g, up 4.3 cents per gallon from last week's $2.13/g.
Including the change in gas prices in OH during the past week, prices yesterday were 22.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. Compared to this same time past year, Pennsylvania is seeing significant increases at the pump. The cheapest gas, as of Monday morning, is $2.16 at United Dairy Farmers located at 3026 Harshman Road and Brandt Pike.
Last week, crude oil futures held onto the week's gains closing out above $53 per barrel.
Oil prices swelled to their highest levels since March 1. "That combines with seasonal refinery maintenance and increasing demand to keep springtime gas prices on the rise".
Patrick DeHaan, a senior analyst with GasBuddy, said in a report emailed to UPI that gas prices will likely inch higher as April ends.
Minnesota's average gas price was $2.32.
Most people assume that April 15 is "Tax Day", but the sad reality is every day is tax day, at least according to GasBuddy. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Less than 0.5% of USA gas stations are charging less than $2.00 a gallon as of Monday morning.