Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 am
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - It's pain at the pump, as the month of February has seen the largest increase in gas prices since last summer.
AAA Minnesota's latest gas reports shows the national average for a gallon of gasoline rose about 17 cents a gallon during the last 21 days, the steepest incline since last July.
AAA explains, while strong winter storms and less demand worked to keep prices lower earlier in the season, we're entering the seasonal refinery maintenance period, pushing prices back up.
However, today's national average of $3.45 a gallon is 33 cents less expensive than this day in 2013, which AAA says was a result of especially heavy refinery work last year.
Gas prices are expected to peak at between $3.55 and 3.75 during March and April.
The typical cost for a gallon of gas on Friday in St. Cloud is slightly higher than the national average - $3.49.
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