Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said crude oil prices jumped 14 percent Monday, but fell Tuesday morning following reports that Saudi oil production may be restored more quickly than initially thought.
"So instead of 15 to 30 cents — we will still see an impact, but perhaps less of an impact, perhaps 10 to 20 cents per gallon," he said.
DeHaan said the increase will likely last about four to seven weeks, and comes at a time when prices typically trend downward.
That’s in part because refineries are switching from summer gasoline to less expensive winter gas.
"Not only that but demand is typically beginning to wane this time of year, as temperatures begin to cool and everyone gets back into their normal school year cycles," DeHaan said. "What we're seeing now, with prices likely to trend higher for the next couple of weeks, is not typical."
The average price of a gallon of gas in the state stood at about $2.48 Tuesday, according to the Gas Buddy site.
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