Gas Prices Jump In Twin Cities

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

HOPKINS (WCCO) — Drivers around the metro most likely noticed it on the drive to work: the price of gas in the Twin Cities just jumped. And experts say drivers should fill up now to avoid paying even more.

The average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.81, but most stations were selling it for $2.95 on Tuesday.

“I just noticed that gas is really high and I wondered when that happened,” said commuter Denise Hertz. “I just spent $43 and my tank was empty.”

In most parts of the city, $2.95 a gallon is the standard.

“That is so amazing. I didn’t even look. I didn’t notice,” said one motorist.

For those who did notice and are wondering why, AAA says that one reason is the conflict brewing between North Korea and South Korea.

The uncertainty about what’s going to happen there is making the market unstable. However, whatever the cause, the experts believe the price of gas may go up before it goes back down again.

Nationally, Minnesota is in the middle of the pack as far as price per gallon of gas is concerned. Gas in states like California and Washington State is over $3. The lowest states are in the south.

So, the AAA says to fill up now because the price could very well go up overnight.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

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