Statewide, gas prices shot up in the past week. Did you notice?
AAA has reported these numbers:
Batavia - $2.85 (up 5 cents in past week)
Buffalo - $2.83 (up 4 cents in past week)
Ithaca - $2.90 (up 5 cents in past week)
Rochester - $2.87 (up 2 cents in past week)
Rome - $2.94 (up 8 cents in past week)
Syracuse - $2.92 (up 7 cents in past week)
Watertown - $2.95 (up 8 cents in past week)
Here's what AAA says is causing the sharp increase:
The reason for the increase in prices can be largely attributed to gas stations continuing to switchover to the more expensive summer blend of gasoline, which helps reduce excessive evaporation when outside temperatures rise. Gas stations around the country must begin selling summer blend gasoline by June 1 to comply with federal mandates.
Right now, the New York State average is $2.94, but is likely to hit $3 a gallon before Memorial Day.
A year ago, the state average was $2.53.