Gas prices increase across NC
Posted February 3, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Drivers across North Carolina might have noticed increased gas prices Tuesday as the record-breaking streak of declining prices nationwide has come to an end.
In some metro areas across the state, the increase has been between one to three cents in less than 24 hours. The increase comes on the heels of gas prices falling nationally for a record 123 consecutive days before inching higher early last week.
According to AAA of the Carolinas, gas prices are typically low during the winter months as motorists limit extended driving. However, it is not uncommon for gas prices to increase by 30 to 50 cents per gallon between early February and the middle of spring as refineries shut down for maintenance.
"Unfortunately we expect gas prices to continue to rise gradually in the upcoming weeks," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "However, barring any events that could cause global oil prices to greatly increase, we believe we won't see three dollars per gallon in 2015."
North Carolina's statewide average is $2.05 per gallon. South Carolina at $1.87, joins 24 states registering averages below $2 per gallon.