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AAA Expects Gas Price Increase this Spring

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Officials at AAA said as we approach the spring, drivers should expect to see higher prices at the pump.

They said gas prices generally rise in the spring because refineries cut production to do seasonal maintenance.

In Missoula, prices are at about $2.98 per gallon, a relatively low price that's held for several months now.

AAA officials said those low Montana prices are due to winter weather, weak demand and a high supply of fuel.

They also said the hike in gas prices this spring could be less expensive than last year's price increase.

Missoula residents at the pump today told me they've been pleased with the consistently low prices this winter.

Tim Brockman, a Missoula resident, said, "Unfortunately, I do expect gas to go up again this summer, but I keep hoping maybe it won't go up quite as bad since we're drilling it out of here nowadays."

Gas prices averaged $3.49 per gallon in 2013, and AAA officials estimate this year's average price should be about 5 cents less than last year's.

Montana gas prices tends to follow national trends, but we do get most of our crude oil from the Bakken formation.

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