Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says there are two primary factors pushing up the pump prices.
“Crude oil prices have risen from about $95 a barrel to about $100 a barrel,” Weinholzer says, “and secondly, it’s about this time of year we start the switch-over, going from the winter-grade to the summer-grade fuels.”
The statewide average for a gallon of gas is now $3.32, which is four-cents below the national average. The statewide average has gone up 15-cents a gallon in the past month.
Weinholzer says you likely won’t be seeing gas any cheaper for a while.
“We don’t necessarily consider those prices to be continuing to move further up but we certainly don’t expect any significant declines either,” Weinholzer says.
Nebraska’s cheapest gas can be found in Omaha at $3.22 a gallon, while Kearney is the most expensive at $3.46. While the current statewide average is $3.32 a gallon, a year ago the prices were much higher in Nebraska, averaging $3.72 a gallon.