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OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma gasoline prices are on the rise, AAA reports, up nearly two cents over the past week.

“The state average today stands at $3.10 for regular,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “It hasn’t been this high since the week before Halloween last year.”

AAA expects prices to move higher in the coming weeks and months due to the same seasonal factors that typically lead to rising prices this time of the year: scheduled refinery maintenance and the EPA-mandated switchover to summer-blend gasoline production in advance of the May 1 deadline.

During January, Oklahoma’s average price statewide for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose 2.6 cents while the national average ended the month down about four cents from where it began. Many motorists curtailed driving due to cold weather and icy roads. Today’s national average is $3.27 per gallon, 17 cents higher than Oklahoma’s average price.

Nationally, gas prices dropped 22 out of 31 days in January, yet the majority of these declines were extremely small. Gas prices began the month at $3.32 per gallon after holiday travel helped pushed prices up during the second half of December.