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AAA: Holiday gas prices in NC could pass $3 a gallon

Posted December 20, 2010 5:46 a.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2010 6:35 a.m. EST

— This could be the first Christmas season in North Carolina where gas prices reach above $3 a gallon, according to AAA Carolinas.

On Monday, gas prices statewide averaged $2.93 for a gallon of regular unleaded, up 11 cents from last month and 37 cents more than a year ago.

The state's all-time high was $4 a gallon in September 2008. For the holiday season that year, however, prices dropped to below $2.

Since then, the average gas price has remained below $3 a gallon.

North Carolina remains about a penny below the national average. 

On Monday, gas prices in Wilmington were the lowest at $2.91 a gallon. The highest prices were recorded in Asheville, with a gallon of regular unleaded gas going for $2.99. 

In the Triangle, the average gas price was $2.92 a gallon. 

Experts say a weak dollar and colder weather in many parts of the country are pushing crude oil prices higher which is having an affect on gas prices.