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Traveling for Easter? Prepare to pay significantly more at the pump

Posted April 13
Updated June 12

— Travelers hitting the roads across North Carolina over Easter weekend will pay about 40 cents more per gallon at the pump than they did a year ago.

AAA Carolinas said the switch to more expensive "summer blend" gasoline has led to a recent spike in gas prices nationwide, which are at their highest of 2017.

North Carolina's average price of gas is about $2.30.

Asheville is paying the highest average price in the state at $2.33 per gallon, while Wilmington is seeing the lowest at $2.25.

"As we head into the summer driving season, gas prices will continue to be a major factor for motorists," AAA Carolinas President and CEO Dave Parsons said in a statement.

"We can’t predict how high prices will rise before they level off, because that will largely depend on the amount of travelers we will see driving to their vacation destinations. The demand will dictate the prices we’ll pay at gas stations throughout the Carolinas in the upcoming weeks.”

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  • Haley Sessoms Apr 13, 1:27 p.m.
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    It's the Russians fault