Gas prices expected to rise

AAA: 2018 summer driving season could be most expensive in years

How high prices go is determined by several factors, including how much Iranian crude is restricted by sanctions and whether other major oil producers will fill the gap. Among eastern states, only Pennsylvania has an average price that high.

Refineries are now federally-mandated to produce the more expensive summer-blend gasoline.

"While we may not be out of the woods yet, especially with President Trump mulling over the Iran nuclear deal, it's possible we're very close", said DeHaan.

"This is a scenario of pump prices possibly going from bad to worse", said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.

Of the nine states over $3 a gallon, only Pennsylvania is located on the East Coast, but the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Connecticut and NY are close behind.

Crude topped $70 a barrel this week for the first time in almost four years. At 62 million barrels total, mid-Atlantic and Northeast inventories are at their highest levels in almost two months. Gas prices have gone up 9.8 cents from last month's average and have increased 48.3 cents from last year's average.

Monday's average prices for South Central Ohio was $2.645. That's up from $2.53 a month ago and $2.33 a year ago. Last week, crude rose more than a dollar, which usually equates to a 2.5 cent increase at the pump. Oakland- $3.64/g, up 2.7 cents per gallon from last week's $3.62/g.

Gas prices in Grand Rapids is down to $2.84/g, which is a 12 cent decrease from last week. Drivers in nine states are paying $3 a gallon for regular gasoline.

Prices across the county varied, according to the website, with Pismo Beach reporting the highest gas prices at $4.15 a gallon at the Chevron station on Five Cities Drive and Shell station on Shell Beach Road on Monday.

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