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Gas prices are rising in the region

Experts expect peak around $4 a gallon by April

POSTED: January 9, 2013 11:30 p.m.

Less than a month ago, residents of Northeast Georgia were celebrating as gas prices hovered at $3 a gallon for the holidays; now, they’re hoping gas doesn’t spike upward of $4 a gallon by April.

According to GasBuddy, an online gas price provider, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Georgia is $3.32.

That’s five cents above the national average of $3.27. Compare that to a month ago, when Georgia’s average was $3.23 and the national average was $3.34.

“(Gas) rose a little more last year (at this time) than this year,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

DeHaan also said he was surprised that prices are rising at a slower rate this year than last.

According to DeHaan, gas will move up and down around 15 cents until the end of March.

“There will be movement. Gas prices never hold steady,” he said.

When April comes, however, gas prices could hit their peak, according to DeHaan. But some places may not see the peak prices until early May. According to the GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2013, Atlanta area gas prices could range from $3.80-$4.10 at their peak.

According to GasBuddy, the lowest price for a gallon of gas in Gainesville is $3.22. The Exxon station at 2808 Gillsville Highway and Mustang Drive and the BP station at 3610 White Sulphur Road and Cornelia Highway are the two with gas at $3.22 a gallon.


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