Gas prices reach 2019 high, AAA says

Johnson City Press • Feb 25, 2019 at 5:34 PM

Gas prices in Tennessee increased once again for the past 13 days for an average of 15 cents per gallon, according to a Monday news release from AAA.

Motorists are now paying an average price of $2.19 per gallon throughout the state – 10 cents more than a week ago and 13 cents more than this time last month.

While this is the highest average so far in 2019, Tennessee drivers are still paying 12 cents per gallon less than this time last year and 20 cents less than the current national average.

Average gas prices in Johnson City stood at $2.15 as of Monday. The average price in Kingsport and Bristol stood at $2.17. 

"Gas prices rose as predicted last week, due to crude price gains and oil refineries conducting seasonal maintenance," AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release.

"Gas prices may fluctuate over the next couple weeks, but will mostly follow an upward trend this spring as demand rises and refineries switch to a more expensive summer-blend gasoline.

“AAA forecasts the national average should peak at around $2.75 by Memorial Day weekend. That opens the door for an average increase of another 35 cents this spring."

For more information on local, state and national gas price trends, visit www.gasprices.aaa.com

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