Could local gas prices surpass $3 per gallon?

Motorists have probably noticed that it costs more to fill their tanks this spring

AAA predicts gas prices will not reach that peak in 2018, though drivers will still likely see higher prices than in recent years.

Average retail gasoline prices in Hendersonville and Asheville have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 259 gas outlets in the Asheville-Hendersonville area.

After almost a week above $3 per gallon, many Meadville-area gas prices dipped just below that mark on Monday.

More pain at the pump is expected this summer, however.

"Although this was the most expensive April gas prices we've seen in years, fuel is still almost a dollar less than what we paid in April 2014", Mark Jenkins, a AAA spokesman, said.

The least expensive gas price averages were in Augusta-Aiken ($2.63), Warner Robins ($2.64) and Columbus ($2.64).

In Florida, gas was cheapest in the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater and Orlando metro areas at $2.55.

"People forget very, very quickly", Kloza said, noting that the average US gasoline price remains well below where they stood five years ago at $3.60 per gallon.

Jackson- $2.52/g, up 2.1 cents per gallon from last week's $2.49/g.

Knoxville- $2.54, down 3.0 cents per gallon from last week's $2.57. Tom Kloza, head of energy analysis of Oil Price Information Service, tells the news organization that "this will be the most expensive driving season since 2014". "The only good news for motorists?" At the same time, production cutbacks initiated by OPEC past year have helped whittle oil supplies. "People forget very, very quickly", Kloza said, noting that the average US gasoline price remains well below where they stood five years ago at $3.60 per gallon.

"We're seeing a higher price environment... but I don't think we're going to look at really apocalyptic numbers", he said.

Expensive crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East, strong domestic demand, record production rates and global oil supply surplus have created the flawless storm to drive spring gas prices toward new heights.

At current levels, USA crude oil prices won't noticeably hamper the economy, said Behravesh. That's a 30-cent increase from this time a year ago.

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