Prices up about 30 cents per gallon in the last month

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

Angela Daley, public relations manager with AAA Carolinas, said they typically see an increase in gas prices between February and April. During the switch to summer-blend, she said, refineries are not operating at full capacity.

“It makes the supply a little tighter,” she said.

And with it comes a bit of both bad news and good.

“The unfortunate news is we expect gas prices to continue to rise incrementally in upcoming weeks,” David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas, said via the news release. “However, barring any unforeseen supply issues or instability in the Middle East, we don’t expect increases to reach last year’s levels.”

Gas prices in North Carolina rose to a high of $3.91 in April last year.

As of Tuesday, the average gas prices remained seven cents lower than the same time last year.

Gas prices nationally averaged $3.69, up 16 cents from a year ago and up nearly 40 cents a month ago. 

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