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January 2018 gas prices highest in 4 years

(File photo/Wikimedia Commons)
(File photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia’s new year gas prices are more expensive than they have been in four years.

As of Jan. 3, gas prices in Virginia are averaging at $2.29 a gallon, which is four cents more expensive than they were last week and seven cents more expensive than January 2016, according to a AAA news release.

At $2.27 a gallon on average, gas costs two cents less in Hampton Roads than the rest of the state; however, that price is seven cents more expensive than last week and seven cents higher than January 2016.

The state hasn’t seen prices this high in early January since 2014 when gas was about $3 a gallon. Still, buying gas in Virginia is still about 20 cents cheaper than the rest of the country where the price for fuel is averaging $2.49 per gallon, according to AAA.

Gas prices typically get raise during the holidays when there’s a higher demand for fuel. They are expected to drop over the next few months.

This story was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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