Gasoline prices in Nebraska have risen about 30-cents a gallon in the past month.
Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says it’s a seasonal price bounce that happens around this time every year.
“Refineries are switching over from the winter to the summer grade of fuel,” Weinholzer says. “During that time, they run their supplies down low and they also do some maintenance work. We’ve already started that process which is why we saw the biggest increases within the last month or so.”
While the price of gas has gone up from around a $1.78 a month ago to $2.07 now, she predicts pump prices should be about done with their climbing.
“I wouldn’t expect there to be much more of an increase,” Weinholzer says. “Perhaps a nickel to a dime at best and then we should be through the switchover by the beginning to the middle of April.”
Nebraska’s average price of $2.07 a gallon is 4-cents higher than the national average but it’s still down well over 30-cents a gallon from a year ago when the statewide average was at $2.40.