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Gas prices inching up towards the holiday weekend

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Drivers are starting to see a slight increase in Rockford area gas prices as the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend approaches.

According to RockfordGasPrices.com, the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular is up two cents in the past week, to $3.50.

The national average is heading the other direction, down 3.2 cents to $3.43.

"With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans will be hitting major thoroughfares en masse. While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month and a half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record- the highest ever national average for Thanksgiving," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "I don't really see how gas prices could greatly improve between now and Christmas, given the new military action in the Middle East, and other pressures. It's all but certain the national average will not drop under $3.25 per gallon, which could lead to a perilous start to 2013," DeHaan said.

You can always find the lowest prices near you with the 13 Gas Buddy, or at the Cheap Gas Prices link at m.wrex.com.

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