For the second week in a row, gas prices in the Rockford area have risen while the national average has dropped.
According to GasBuddy.com's survey of 139 gas outlets in the area, the average price of gas per gallon in Rockford was $3.73 on Sunday. The price rose 1.2 cents per gallon over the past week, making it 10.6 cents lower than one year ago, but 5.1 cents higher than one month ago.
Nationally, the average price was down 1.6 cents to $3.49 on Sunday, 32.2 cents lower than one year ago and 13.3 cents lower than one month ago.
"The party at the pump with the seasonally lower prices may be temporarily over," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said. "We've seen situations unfold that have caused a reversal in the downward trend, and those situations are multiplying across portions of the U.S. and Canada. Along the West Coast, supply has grown tight and will lead to likely increases, and in the Great Lakes prices may spike 10 to 20 cents per gallon in the next two days in over a half dozen states as a result of a similar situation. Refineries are finishing what was an extensive maintenance season and with plant restarts commencing, problems may develop, putting pressure on prices."
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