GasBuddy projects that U.S. gas prices will be most expensive since 2013

Toni Houston
December 20, 2017

"However, the strong supply of gasoline should help stave off any gas price hikes that would otherwise be caused by such a surge in demand", Jenkins said.

According to AAA Northeast's weekly survey, the price of regular unleaded gas fell to an average $2.52 per gallon in Rhode Island and $2.46 per gallon in MA. Gas prices spiked in the aftermath of Harvey, making this holiday season the most expensive at the pump in years.

It's not all bad.

States with the lowest average gas prices: Missouri ($2.14), MS ($2.16), Alabama ($2.16), SC ($2.17), Arkansas ($2.17), Oklahoma ($2.18), Tennessee ($2.19), Texas ($2.20), Louisiana ($2.21) and Kansas ($2.23).

Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall near Rockport and plowed up the Texas coast to Louisiana, led to more than 20 percent of USA refining capacity shutting down at the end of August.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.88, holding steady from two weeks ago.

According to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga, the average price of regular gas in Chattanooga fell to $2.08 a gallon on Sunday, or 33 cents below the USA average.

Today's price is 2 cents less than a week ago ($2.51) and 11 cents less than a month ago.

That's two cents more expensive than last week, but almost 20 cents cheaper than last month.

Across the country, the largest changes in average gas prices by state: MI (-8 cents), OH (-8 cents), Kentucky (-6 cents), Louisiana (-5 cents), Missouri (-5 cents), North Dakota (-5 cents), DE (-5 cents), OR (-4 cents), SC (-4 cents) and MS (-4 cents).

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