Gas prices inch up as weather cools - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Gas prices inch up as weather cools

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As the temperatures drop, gas prices are rising. However, experts said that shouldn't be the case at this point in the year.

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Connecticut is $2.32, according to AAA. That's up 3 cents over the past week and 8 cents in the last month. The National average is $2.25.

Experts blamed the current spike on Hurricane Matthew. The storm disrupted deliveries in the southeastern U.S. 

Talks of cuts in production for producing companies is also playing a role, AAA said.

Drivers in Connecticut said it's forcing them to shop around.

"It was $2.05 here," said Christin Sousa of Wethersfield. "Two dollars and 14 cents, $2.19, by the time I got closer to the highway, $2.35. So 30 cents difference within less than a mile.”

The quick price hike was frustrating for drivers, who told Eyewitness News that they were used to seeing prices begin to fall. 

"You got the holidays coming up," William Waters,  of Wethersfield, said. 

"With  the winter months and commuting and I'm a  commuter, it's a big deal," Carrie Bartolotta, of Middletown, said. 

Gas prices are still below what they were at this time last year. Barring any other disruptions, AAA expects the average price to drop in the near future.

For more on Connecticut's gas prices, head to AAA's website here.

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