Although gasoline prices have dipped slightly of late, AAA says they will take a significant turn in the next few weeks, and spike in the second quarter of the year, with the average price of gas across Pennsylvania topping $3 a gallon.
“AAA experts say sometime towards the end of February or beginning of March we will start to see gas prices rise,” says Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Motorists can expect to pay as much as 25 to 35 cents more per gallon.”
As usual, Pennsylvania is among the top ten most expensive states for gas (6th), with average pump prices this week at around $2.85 for a gallon of regular unleaded.
If the projections hold true, AAA says drivers across the country and across the state will be paying the highest gas prices since 2014 – but not nearly as high as the peak price in Pa. that year of $3.81.
The rising cost of crude oil is pushing up prices at the pump all around the U.S., but they’ll likely rise higher in the Northeast, and that’s because of Harvey. The hurricane, which began at the end of August last year, caused many refineries that supply the Northeast to postpone their fall maintenance until spring, so spring production will be limited as a result.
Hopefully, this too, shall pass.