Gas prices on the rise around Buffalo, climbing slightly from last week

Posted at 6:17 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 06:17:31-04

Drivers are now paying more at the pump around the Buffalo area.

According to a new report from GasBuddy, gas prices are up 1.6 cents per gallon from this time last week, bringing average prices up to $2.38 per gallon.

The report shows the prices have dropped radically in the last five years.

In 2012, the average price was about $3.84 per gallon, more than $1.50 more than what gas costs now.

In spite of summer's end drawing closer, the demand for gas has yet to drop off.

"There has been nearly insatiable demand for gasoline ahead of today's eclipse," said said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "So much so that some motorists in rural eclipse viewing areas may find filling their tanks more challenging as stations struggle to keep fuel in their underground tanks. But the good news is that the bulk of the motoring public is seeing gas prices drift lower as oil prices have slipped."

Prices are expected to drop through the fall and into the winter months.