After weeks of gradually declining or staying flat, Sacramento-area gas prices surged 6.2 cents, to $3.51 per gallon, over the past week, according to the latest weekly report by GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 local gas outlets.
The average area price is now 7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and 7.9 cents higher than a month ago.
Nationally, the average retail price of gas rose 4.9 cents over the past week, to $3.29 a gallon – up 4 cents from last month and 2.2 cents higher than one year ago.
“As the New Year rolls in, this is a type of trend that we're used to seeing,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “The bottom is behind us and prices generally begin the New Year on a higher note, like they will again this year.
“The trend won't last forever though, as January and February feature generally weak demand that should limit increases and keep prices relatively moderate for the next month or two.”
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